The UK was one of the best-performing countries in April compared to the previous month. Among member states with available data, the largest decreases were recorded in the Czech Republic (-3.3%), Spain (-2.4%) and Bulgaria (-2.1%), and the highest increases in Romania (+5.8%), Slovenia (+5.4%) and the United Kingdom (+3.0%).
In March, production in construction had fallen by 1% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU28. estimates.
Comparison of April’s figures with April 2015 shows that production in construction fell by 0.4% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU28, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union
In terms of the annual comparison, the decrease of 0.4% in production in the euro area in April 2016, compared with April 2015, is due to building construction falling by 0.7%, while civil engineering grew by 1.3%. In the EU28, the decrease of 1.5% is due to civil engineering falling by 5.2% and building construction by 0.8%.
Among member states for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Slovenia (-31.2%), Hungary (-29.8%), Poland (-15.9%) and the Czech Republic (-15.2%), and the highest increases in Romania (+12.8%), Sweden (+8.7%) and the Netherlands (+6.2%).