In February, production had fallen by 10.4% in the Euro area and by 5.7% across the 27 countries of the EU (EU27). Compared with March 2011, output in March 2012 decreased by 3.8% in the Euro area and by 3.9% in the EU27.
In terms of the monthly comparison, construction output rose in ten member states in March 2012 and fell in four. The highest increases were registered in Germany (+30.7%), France (+17.8%), the United Kingdom (+14.8%) and Italy (+9.5%), and the largest decreases in Romania (-8.8%), Portugal (-6.8%) and Spain (-1.8%).
Building construction increased by 11.7% in the Euro area and by 11.9% in the EU27, after -10.1% and -5.1% respectively in February 2012. Civil engineering rose by 16.4% in the Euro area and by 14.3% in the EU27, after -13.0% and -10.5% respectively in the previous month.
The annual comparison saw construction output fall in nine countries and rise in five compared with a year before. The largest decreases were registered in Portugal (-16.4%), Slovakia (-11.0%), Spain (-10.9%) and Slovenia (-10.7%), and the highest increases in Sweden (+7.9%), Germany (+6.3%) and Poland (+2.4%).
Building construction fell by 3.4% in the Euro area and by 3.1% in the EU27, after -14.6% and -10.2% respectively in February 2012. Civil engineering decreased by 4.9% in the Euro area and by 8.0% in the EU27, after -23.1% and -18.6% respectively in the previous month.