Construction output for the third quarter of 2022
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     ‚ÄčThe total gross value of construction works (GVCW) performed by main contractors in the third quarter of 2022 increased by 1.1% in nominal terms over a year earlier to $59.3 billion, according to the provisional results of the Quarterly Survey of Construction Output released today (December 12) by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD).
      
     After discounting the effect of price changes, the provisional results showed that the total GVCW performed by main contractors slightly decreased by 0.9% in real terms over the same period. GVCW in real terms is derived by deflating the corresponding nominal value with an appropriate price index to the price level in the base period of 2000.
      
     Analysed by type of construction works, the GVCW performed at private sector sites totalled $15.9 billion in the third quarter of 2022, up by 1.6% in nominal terms over a year earlier. In real terms, it increased by 3.4%. The GVCW performed at public sector sites slightly increased by 0.9% in nominal terms over a year earlier to $18.8 billion in the third quarter of 2022. In real terms, it decreased by 5.3%.
      
     The GVCW performed by main contractors at locations other than construction sites amounted to $24.7 billion in the third quarter of 2022, slightly up by 0.8% in nominal terms over a year earlier. In real terms, it slightly decreased by 0.5%. Construction works at locations other than construction sites included minor new construction activities and decoration, repair and maintenance for buildings; and electrical equipment installation and maintenance works at locations other than construction sites.
      
     Analysed by major end-use group, the GVCW performed at construction sites in respect of residential buildings projects amounted to $11.2 billion in the third quarter of 2022, down by 7.3% in nominal terms compared with a year earlier. Over the same period, the GVCW performed at construction sites in respect of transport projects dropped by 17.7% in nominal terms to $7.7 billion in the third quarter of 2022.
      
     On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter basis, the GVCW performed by main contractors decreased by 9.0% in nominal terms and 8.0% in real terms in the third quarter of 2022 compared with the second quarter of 2022.
      
     Table 1 shows the provisional figures on the GVCW performed by main contractors in the third quarter of 2022. Table 2 shows the revised figures for the second quarter of 2022.
      
     Owing to the widespread sub-contracting practices in the construction industry, a construction establishment can be a main contractor for one contract and a sub-contractor for another contract at the same time. The GVCW performed by main contractors covers only those projects in which the construction establishment takes the role of a main contractor, but not projects in which it takes only the role of a sub-contractor. However, sub-contractors' contribution to projects should have been included in the GVCW performed by main contractors for whom they worked.
      
     The classification of construction establishments follows the Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification Version 2.0, which is used in various economic surveys for classifying economic units into different industry classes.
      
     More detailed statistics are given in "Report on the Quarterly Survey of Construction Output". Users can download this publication at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/en/EIndexbySubject.html?pcode=B1090002&scode=330).
      
     For enquiries about the survey results, please contact the Construction and Miscellaneous Services Statistics Section of the C&SD (Tel: 3903 6965; email: building@censtatd.gov.hk).

Ends/Monday, December 12, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:30

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