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European construction output sees falls and rises

20 Feb 17 Output in the construction sector across the Eurozone fell by 0.2% in December compared to November but grew by 0.6% across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28), including a 2.2% rise in the UK.

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The figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, show year-on-year growth in both areas, with production up by 3.2% in the  Euro area  and by 1.6% in the EU28.

Average production in the construction for the year 2016, compared with 2015, increased by 1.6% in the Euro area and by 1.3% in the EU28.

The monthly decrease of 0.2% in the Eurozone area  in  December 2016, compared with  November, was due to building construction falling by 0.5%, while civil engineering rose by 0.8%.

In the EU28, the increase of 0.6% was due to civil engineering rising by 1.2% and building construction by 0.2%.

Among  member  states  with  data  available,  the  largest  decreases  were  recorded  in  Romania  (-4.3%),  Slovakia  (-3.1%)  and  Bulgaria  (-2.1%),  and  the  highest  increases  in  Sweden (+4.7%), Poland (+2.5%), the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom (both +2.2%).

In terms of the annual comparison, the increase of 3.2% in production in construction in the euro area  in  December  2016,  compared with  December 2015, is due to civil engineering rising by 6.5% and building construction by 2.5%.  In the EU28, the increase of 1.6% is due to building construction rising by 2.3%, while civil engineering fell by 0.5%.  The  highest  increases  were  recorded  in  Sweden  (+11.2%),  the  Netherlands  (+10.4%)  and  Slovenia  (+9.1%),  and  the  largest  decreases  in Romania (-26.7%), Slovakia (-18.5%) and Hungary (-14.9%).

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