Production in construction down by 1.4% in euro area

Production in construction down by 1.4% in euro area

Production in construction down by 1.4% in euro area

The FINANCIAL – In January 2019 compared with December 2018, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 1.4% in the euro area (EA19) and remained unchanged in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2018, production in construction grew by 1.1% in the euro area and fell by 0.2% in the EU28.

In January 2019 compared with January 2018, production in construction decreased by 0.7% in the euro area and increased by 0.7% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

In the euro area in January 2019, compared with December 2018, civil engineering fell by 2.9% and building construction by 1.1%.

In the EU28, civil engineering fell by 1.3%, while building construction grew by 0.2%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in France (-5.4%), Finland (-2.2%) and Spain (-1.8%). The highest increases were observed in Slovenia (+10.3%), Hungary (+9.7%) and Romania (+5.1%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

In the euro area in January 2019, compared with January 2018, civil engineering fell by 1.5% and building construction by 0.1%.
In the EU28, building construction rose by 0.8 and civil engineering by 0.3%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Czechia (-13.3%), Romania (-5.1%) and Germany (-3.5%). The highest increases were observed in Hungary (+29.2%), the Netherlands (+5.5%) and Slovenia (+4.3%).