Production in construction down by 0.5% in euro area

Production in construction down by 0.5% in euro area

Production in construction down by 0.5% in euro area

The FINANCIAL -- In February 2018 compared with January 2018, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.8% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In January 2018, production in construction fell by 0.8% in the euro area and by 1.1% in the EU28.

In February 2018 compared with February 2017, production in construction increased by 0.4% in the euro area and decreased by 0.1% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The decrease of 0.5% in production in construction in the euro area in February 2018, compared with January 2018, is due to civil engineering falling by 1.7%, while building construction rose by 0.1%.

In the EU28, the decrease of 0.8% is due to civil engineering falling by 2.7% and building construction by 0.2%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Bulgaria (-14.0%), Slovenia (-13.1%) and Hungary (-5.0%). The highest increases were observed in Romania (+4.7%), France (+2.7%) and Spain (+0.9%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The increase of 0.4% in production in construction in the euro area in February 2018, compared with February 2017, is due to building construction rising by 1.7%, while civil engineering fell by 4.6%.

In the EU28, the decrease of 0.1% is due to civil engineering falling by 3.8%, while building construction grew by 0.6%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Poland (+31.3%), Hungary (+26.1%) and Romania (+10.6%). The largest decreases were observed in Belgium (-5.3%), the United Kingdom (-3.9%) and France (-3.0%).