Production in construction down by 0.2% in euro area

Production in construction down by 0.2% in euro area

Production in construction down by 0.2% in euro area

The FINANCIAL -- In August 2017 compared with July 2017, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.2% 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 July 2017, production in construction remained stable in the euro area, while it grew by 0.1% in the EU28.

In August 2017 compared with August 2016, production in construction increased by 1.6% in the euro area and by 3.1% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The decrease of 0.2% in production in construction in the euro area in August 2017, compared with July 2017, is due to building construction falling by 0.2% and civil engineering by 0.1%.

In the EU28, the decrease of 0.4% is due to building construction falling by 0.6%, while civil engineering grew by 0.4%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Sweden (-9.7%), Slovenia (-3.6%), Slovakia (-1.4%) and Germany (-1.2%), and the highest increases in Hungary (+9.8%), Italy (+1.8%) and Bulgaria (+0.9%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The increase of 1.6% in production in construction in the euro area in August 2017, compared with August 2016, is due to building construction rising by 1.7% and civil engineering by 0.6%.

In the EU28, the increase of 3.1% is due to civil engineering rising by 3.6% and building construction by 3.0%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Hungary (+36.8%), Poland (+23.2%) and Sweden (+14.7%). Decreases were observed in Italy (-1.1%), Romania (-0.6%), Belgium and Spain (both -0.4%).