Production in construction up by 0.3% in euro area

Production in construction up by 0.3% in euro area

Production in construction up by 0.3% in euro area

The FINANCIAL -- In May 2018 compared with April 2018, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2018, production in construction grew by 1.4% in the euro area and by 0.8% in the EU28.

In May 2018 compared with May 2017, production in construction increased by 1.8% in the euro area and by 2.6% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The increase of 0.3% in production in construction in the euro area in May 2018, compared with April 2018, is due to civil engineering rising by 0.4% and building construction by 0.2%.

In the EU28, the increase of 1.2% is due to building construction rising by 1.2% and civil engineering by 1.1%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Hungary (+6.0%), Slovenia (+3.4%), the Czech Republic and Germany (both +3.1%). Decreases were observed in Slovakia (-6.0%) and France (-3.4%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The increase of 1.8% in production in construction in the euro area in May 2018, compared with May 2017, is due to civil engineering rising by 3.3% and building construction by 1.3%.

In the EU28, the increase of 2.6% is due to civil engineering rising by 5.0% and building construction by 1.9%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Slovenia (+30.3%), Poland (+23.3%) and Hungary (+15.2%). Decreases were observed in France (-4.1%) and Bulgaria (-0.4%).