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Waste sector output shrinks

Waste sector output fell in January, adding to fears of an economic contraction in the first quarter.

Official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a 0.2% fall in output between December 2012 and January 2013.

The seasonally adjusted index of production for the sector decreased by 2.2% compared with January 2012.

ONS said the main year-on-year movements in the waste and water industry group were a 9.1% fall in the waste collection, treatment and disposal sector and a 12.5% drop in remediation and other waste services.

The monthly statistics recorded a 1.2% month-on-month fall in output for the productive industries, and a 2.9% decline since last January (see graph).

The gloomy figures, which came ahead of next Wednesday’s budget, added to fears of a triple-dip recession.

The last recorded growth month for the waste and water industry group was August 2012 which saw a 1% rise in output.

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