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European construction output falls again

24 May 16 Output in Europe’s construction sector fell in March compared to both the previous month and to March 2015.

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Production in March 2016 was down by 0.9% in the eurozone and by 1.4% across the whole of the European Union (EU28) compared with February 2016, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In February 2016, production in construction had fallen by 0.6% in both zones.

In March 2016 compared with March 2015, output fell by 0.5% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU28.

In terms of the monthly comparison, the decrease of 0.9% in the eurozone area is due to civil engineering falling by 2% and building construction by 0.8%. In the EU28, the decrease of 1.4% arose from civil engineering falling by 2.9% and building construction by 1.1%.

Among member states with available data, the largest decreases in were recorded in Slovenia (-8.5%), Hungary (-6.3%) and the Czech Republic (-5.1%), while increases were observed in Sweden (+3.5%), France (+1.2%) and the Netherlands (+0.9%).

For the annual comparison, the decrease of 0.5% in the euro area was due to civil engineering falling by 2.9%, while building construction grew by 0.1%. Across the EU28, civil engineering fell by 7.5%, while building construction grew by 0.1%.

The largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Slovenia (-36.7%), Hungary (-33.9%), Poland (-14.9%) and the Czech Republic (-11.5%), while increases were observed in Sweden (+16.4%), the Netherlands (+6.3%), Germany (+1.0%) and Spain (+0.4%).

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