EU: Production in construction down by 0.5% in euro area, down by 0.8% in EU28

April 18, 2018

In February 2018 compared with January 2018, production in the construction sector decreased by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.8% in the EU28, according to a recent publication by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Activities in the construction sector is decreasing at a slower pace than in the previous month, January 2018, when production in construction fell by 0.8% in the euro area and by 1.1% in the EU28.

Year over year,  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.

Comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The decrease of 0.5% in production in construction in the euro area for February 2018, compared with January 2018, was due to civil engineering falling by 1.7%, while building construction rose 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%. For the trailing twelve months to February 2018, the increase of 0.4% in production in construction in the euro area was attributed to building construction rising by 1.7%, while civil engineering fell by 4.6%. In the EU28, the decrease of 0.1% was linked to a 3.8% decline in civil engineering, while building construction grew by 0.6%.

For the month of February,  the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Bulgaria (-14.0%), Slovenia (-13.1%) and Hungary (-5.0%); whereas the highest increases were observed in Romania (+4.7%), France (+2.7%) and Spain (+0.9%)

Year over year, Poland (+31.3%), Hungary (+26.1%) and Romania (+10.6%) were the highest increase in production in construction . The largest decreases for the year were observed in Belgium (-5.3%), the United Kingdom (-3.9%) and France (-3.0%).

                             Source: Eurostat

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