Building Approvals show marked decline

Tighter credit conditions are continuing to have an affect on the housing construction sector with Building Approval data showing a decline of 11% on BA's issued in August, as compared to July, with major declines in each of Sydney (-11.8%), Melbourne (-21.5%) and Brisbane (-18.5%).

Melbourne's decline in approvals was predominantly in the apartment market with a 49% drop in approvals for the month of July. Melbourne has had a strong run of approvals with the number of apartment approvals issued over the last 12 months still up 19.4% over the previous 12 months. Melbourne houses showed a minor improvement in July (up 0.6%) and remain 8.3% higher for the 12 months.