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British construction output fell in May as new work on private-sector housing dried up, suggesting the sector as a whole has lost momentum in the second quarter of the year. The figures add to tentative evidence that Britain's rapid economic growth over the past year - which was initially driven by housing and consumer-facing sectors - may be losing some pace. Construction output dropped by 1.1 percent in May after rising by 1.2 percent in April, causing the annual rate of growth to slow to a six-month low of 3.5 percent, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday. On a three-monthly basis - which smooths out volatility in the data - construction output showed its biggest fall since the three months to October 2012, dropping by 0.8 percent.