Seasonally adjusted production in construction fell by 2.7% in April the Euro area (EA17) and by 6.6% across the wider EU compared with the previous month. In March 2012, there had been increases of 11.4% and 10.8% respectively.
These first estimates are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Monthly comparison among the member states with data available for April 2012 show production in construction falling in nine and rising in five.
The largest decreases were registered in the United Kingdom (-18.1%), Slovenia (-9.3%), Portugal (-6.7%) and Germany (-6.0%), and the highest increases in Romania (+11.5%), France (+2.3%) and Poland (+1.9%).
Building construction dropped by 2.7% in the Euro area and by 7.3% in the EU27, after +11.0% in both zones in March 2012. Civil engineering fell by 1.1% in the Euro area and by 2.7% in the EU27, after +14.0% and +12.5% respectively in the previous month.
In terms of the annual comparison for countries with data available, production in construction fell in nine and rose in five. The largest decreases were registered in Italy and Slovakia (both -15.1%), Spain (-14.6%), Portugal (-14.3%) and Slovenia (-14.1%), and the highest increases in Romania (+22.8%), Poland (+9.7%) and Sweden (+4.3%).
Building construction declined by 4.7% in the Euro area and by 4.6% in the EU27, after -2.3% and -2.8% respectively in March 2012. Civil engineering decreased by 6.2% in the Euro area and by 8.6% in the EU27, after -4.6% and -7.8% respectively in the previous month.