The latest figures for housing starts and completions were released late last month by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Private starts climbed 23.7% in Q2 2014 to 29,890 against the same quarter in 2013. (Although not many look like the picture shown!!)
Against Q1 2014, private starts in Q2 2014 lifted 2%. In total, 36,230 homes in Q2 were started, an 18% improvement on Q2 2013 and the same total as the previous quarter.
Private completions in Q2 2014 increased 4.8% to 23,360 against Q2 2013. Compared to Q1 2014, they rose 4%. Total completions during Q2 increased 7.4% to 29,540 against Q2 2013, rising 6% on the previous quarter.
And in the 12 months to June 2014, private starts rose 26% to 111,340 against the equivalent period in 2013. Private completions during the 12 months increased 7% to 90,860.
DCLG said that the yearly starts total of 137,780 marked the highest level of housebuilding since 2007, a 22% improvement on the 12 months to June 2013. Total annual completions lifted 7% to 114,440.
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