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April 19, 2016

Production in construction down in euro area

Production in construction down in euro area

In February 2016 compared with January 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 1.1% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.4% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In January 2016, production in construction grew by 2.4% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU28. In February 2016 compared with February 2015, production in construction grew by 2.5% in the euro area and by 2.3% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The decrease of 1.1% in production in construction in the euro area in February 2016, compared with January 2016, is due to building construction falling by 1.5%, while civil engineering grew by 0.9%. In the EU28, the decrease of 0.4% is due to building construction falling by 0.5%, while civil engineering grew by 0.3%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in France (-6.0%), Sweden (-5.1%) and Slovenia (-4.1%), and the highest increases in Romania (+5.1%), the United Kingdom (+3.1%) and Bulgaria (+2.7%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The increase of 2.5% in production in construction in the euro area in February 2016, compared with February 2015, is due to building construction rising by 2.8% and civil engineering by 1.3%. In the EU28, the increase of 2.3% is due to building construction rising by 2.9%, while civil engineering fell by 1.4%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Slovakia (+18.8%), Spain (+13.0%) and Sweden (+11.3%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-30.8%), Hungary (-19.3%) and Poland (-10.1%).

 

 

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