The seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) for October 2017 relative to September 2017. First estimates from the Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union reflect a 0.7% decline for the EU28 for October 2017. This follows a 0.1% increase in the euro area (EU19) for September 2017, while a 0.2% was recorded for the EU28. Year over year, production in construction for October 2017 improved 2% in both zones.
The contraction of 0.4% in the euro area for October 2017, compared with September 2017, was attributed to building construction falling by 0.5% civil engineering by 0.3%. for the EU28 the decline was as a result of building construction falling by 0.8% and civil engineering by 0.1%. Among the member states, the largest decrease in production in construction were Sweden (-2.1%), the United Kingdom (-1.6%), Germany and Romania (both -1.3%), and the highest increases in Slovenia (+8.5%), Hungary (+5.9%) and Slovakia (+5.7%), based on data available.
The year over year increase of 2% in production in construction in the euro area was due to building construction rising by 2.2% and civil engineering by 1.4%. In the EU28, the improvement was traced to a 2.9% increase in civil engineering and building construction by 1.8%. Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Hungary (+38.1%), Slovenia (+29.5%) and Poland (+18.0%), and the largest decreases in Romania (-14.3%) and Spain (-1.2%).
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