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May 31, 2016

Production in construction drops in euro area

Production in construction drops in euro area

In March 2016 compared with February 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 0.9% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.4% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In February 2016, production in construction fell by 0.6% in both zones.

ProductionconstructioneuroareaIn March 2016 compared with March 2015, production in construction fell by 0.5% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The decrease of 0.9% in production in construction in the euro area in March 2016, compared with February 2016, is due to civil engineering falling by 2.0% and building construction by 0.8%.

In the EU28, the decrease of 1.4% is due to civil engineering falling by 2.9% and building construction by 1.1%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Slovenia (-8.5%), Hungary (-6.3%) and the Czech Republic (-5.1%), while increases were observed in Sweden (+3.5%), France (+1.2%) and the Netherlands (+0.9%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The decrease of 0.5% in production in construction in the euro area in March 2016, compared with March 2015, is due to civil engineering falling by 2.9%, while building construction grew by 0.1%. In the EU28, the decrease of 1.4% is due to civil engineering falling by 7.5%, while building construction grew by 0.1%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Slovenia (-36.7%), Hungary (-33.9%), Poland (-14.9%) and the Czech Republic (-11.5%), while increases were observed in Sweden (+16.4%), the Netherlands (+6.3%), Germany (+1.0%) and Spain (+0.4%).

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