The figure for all 27 countries of the EU showed an overall rise of 0.3%, with the UK registering the largest decrease at 4.3%.
In June, production had decreased by 1.3% in the Euro area and by 1.1% across the 27 countries. Compared with July 2010, output in July 2011 increased by 1.2% in the Euro area and by 0.2% in the EU27.
The figures were released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Among the member states for which information was available for July 2011, construction output rose in Slovenia (+10.3%), Romania (+3.3%), Germany (+3.2%) and Poland (+1.2%), and fell in the other eight member states. The largest decreases were registered in the United Kingdom (-4.3%), Sweden (-3.1%), Portugal (-2.8%) and the Czech Republic (-1.6%).
Building construction increased by 0.6% in the Euro area, but decreased by 0.2% in the EU27, after falls of 0.6% and 1.0% respectively in June. Civil engineering rose by 4.1% in the Euro area and by 2.0% in the EU27, after -3.2% and -2.0% respectively in the previous month.
The annual comparisons for member states with data available for July 2011 showed that construction output rose in Poland (+17.4%), Romania (+14.4%), Spain (+12.5%) and Germany (+5.4%), and fell in the other nine Member States. The largest decreases were registered in Slovenia (-26.6%), Bulgaria (-13.3%), Portugal (-10.7%) and Sweden (-10.2%).
Building construction increased by 0.8% in the Euro area, but decreased by 0.7% in the EU27, after -12.2% and -9.0% respectively in June. Civil engineering rose by 0.6% in the euro area and by 2.6% in the EU27, after -6.7% and -2.3% respectively in the previous month.