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European construction down 1.8%

20 Nov 12 Construction output fell by 1.4% in the Euro area in September compared with August and by 1.8% across all 27 EU countries.

In August 20123, production had risen by 0.6% and 0.2% respectively. Compared with September 2011, production in September 2012 dropped by 2.6% in the euro area and by 5.8% in the EU27.

Among the member states with data available for September 2012, production in construction fell in eleven and rose in three. The largest decreases were registered in Portugal (-13.4%), Italy (-8.0%), Romania (-4.0%) and the United Kingdom (-3.0%), and the largest increases were in Slovenia (+17.1%), Germany (+2.7%) and Sweden (+1.0%).

Building construction decreased by 2.3% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the EU27, after +0.8% and -0.1% respectively in August 2012. Civil engineering increased by 0.7% in the Euro area and by 0.1% in the EU27, after -0.2% and +2.4% respectively in the previous month.

In terms of annual comparisons among states with data are available, production in construction fell in twelve and rose in two. The largest decreases were registered in Portugal (-18.2%), Italy (-17.8%), Poland (-16.7%), Slovakia (-14.9%) and the United Kingdom (-13.1%), and the increases in Sweden (+4.5%) and Germany (+4.0%).

Building construction declined by 3.2% in the Euro area and by 6.5% in the EU27, after -0.6% and -4.4% respectively in August 2012. Civil engineering decreased by 2.0% in the Euro area and by 4.2% in the EU27, after -5.3% and -5.1% respectively in the previous month.

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