The figures are initial estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In September 2013, production in construction had decreased by 0.5% and 0.7% respectively.
In October 2013 compared with October 2012, production in construction declined by 2.4% in the Euro area and by 0.8% in the EU28.
Among the member states with data available for October, production in construction fell in six and rose in eight. The largest decreases were observed in Spain (-2.9%), Slovakia (-2.3%) and Germany (-1.7%), and the highest increases in Slovenia (+7.6%), the Czech Republic (+7.2%) and Romania (+4.0%).
Building construction fell by 0.8% in the Eurozone and by 0.3% across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28), after -0.4% and -0.5% respectively in September 2013. Civil engineering decreased by 1.5% in the Eurozone, but rose by 1.1% in the EU28, after -0.8% and -2.1% respectively in the previous month.
In terms of the annual comparison, production in construction fell in six countries, remained stable in Germany and rose in seven. The largest decreases were registered in Portugal (-15.1%), Bulgaria (-7.9%), Slovakia (-5.0%) and Poland (-4.3%), and the highest increases in Slovenia (+27.3%), Hungary (+10.7%), Romania (+7.6%) and the UK (+5.1%).
Building construction dropped by 2.2% in the Eurozone area and by 0.7% in the EU28, after -0.4% and +1.4% respectively in September 2013. Civil engineering fell by 3.4% in the Eurozone and by 1.7% in the EU28, after -2.1% and -3.6% respectively in the previous month.