But production decreased by 3% in the Euro area and by 1.5% in the EU27 in June 2013 compared with the same month in 2012, according to first estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In terms of the monthly comparison, among the member states with data are available for June 2013, production in construction rose in four, fell in six and remained stable in Spain, France and Hungary. The increases were registered in Slovenia (+10.5%), Poland (+5.3%), Germany (+1.6%) and the Czech Republic (+1.3%), and the largest decreases in Romania (-2.4%), Portugal (-2.2%) and Sweden (-0.9%).
Building construction grew by 0.3% in the EA17 and by 0.5% in the EU27, after +0.2% and 0% respectively in May 2013. Civil engineering rose by 1.3% in the Euro area and by 1.5% in the EU27, after +0.6% and +0.7% respectively in the previous month.
For the annual comparison, production in construction fell in ten and rose in three of the member states with data available for June. The largest decreases were registered in Poland (-16.3%), Portugal (-12.0%), Slovakia (-10.7%) and the Czech Republic (-9.8%), and the increases in Hungary (+12.5%), Spain (+4.1%) and Sweden (+3.1%).
Building construction decreased by 3.1% in the Euro area and by 1.2% in the EU27, after -3.7% and -3.6% respectively in May 2013. Civil engineering fell by 3% in the Euro area and by 2.5% in the EU27, after falls of 4.9% and 6.7% respectively in the previous month.