March 19, 2020
Seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector rose by 3.6% in the euro area (EA19) and increased by 3.9% in the EU27 for January 2020 compared with December 2019. According to Eurostat’s first estimates stated in December 2019, “production in construction fell by 1.8% in the euro area and by 1.7% in the EU27.” Whereas, in January 2020 compared with January 2019, production in construction rose by 6.0% in the euro area and 6.2% in the EU27.
Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State:
During January 2020, within the euro area, civil engineering climbed by 4.6%, while building construction increased 4.6% relative to December 2019. For the EU27, building construction rose by 3.8%, whereas, civil engineering increased by 4.7%. Among Member States for which data are available, the largest increases in production in construction were observed in Romania (+20.9%), Slovenia (+10.2%) and Poland (+9.3%). However, Spain (-0.3%) experienced a decline.
Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State:
For January 2020, building construction advanced 4.9% and civil engineering rose 12.0% in the euro area relative to January 2019. Moreover, in the EU27, civil engineering rose by 11.5% and building construction by 5.3%. Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Romania (+47.8%), Belgium (+12.9%) and Germany (+12.0%). Furthermore, decreases were experienced in Spain (-4.4%) and Hungary (-2.4%).
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