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Waste sector output dips as production falls

Waste industry output dipped in September although the industry is outperforming other sectors on an annual basis, according to official figures.

The latest monthly data from the Office for National Statistics show a dip of 0.1% in the water and waste management sector contributed to a fall in overall production of 1.7% between August and September. This follows a total fall of 0.5% between July and August 2012, and an increase of 2.9% in July.

This monthly dip in the water and waste management sector follows an increase of 2.1% between July and August.

Year on year, overall production fell by 2.6% in September compared to the same month a year ago.

However, the water and waste sector rose 0.2% year on year. The biggest contributor was the waste collection, treatment and disposal sector which saw a 2.4% rise. There was also an increase of 3.8% in remediation activities and other waste management services.

Manufacturing showed only a slight increase month on month, up 0.1%. However, year on year, it fell by 1%.

Martin Beck, UK economist at Capital Economics, said the figures showed that any economic recovery was losing momentum. He said: “The 1.7% fall was well in excess of the consensus expectation, and suggests there will a contraction in GDP in the fourth quarter.”

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