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Mixed message from European construction stats

20 Oct 11 Construction output increased in some parts of Europe and fell in others in July according to the latest official statistics.

In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted construction figures for the Euro area rose by 0.2% in August compared with July and remained stable across all 27 EU countries (EU27), Eurostat found.

July’s figures had been increases in production of 1.8% and 0.9% respectively. Compared with August 2010, output in August 2011 increased by 2.5% in the Euro area and by 0.6% in the EU27.

Among the member states with data available for August, construction output rose in five, remained stable in the Czech Republic and decreased in seven. The highest increases were registered in Portugal (+7.6%), France (+3.2%) and Hungary (+1.5%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-6.6%), Romania (-4.5%) and Slovakia (-2.3%). 

Building construction increased by 0.4% in the  Euro area and by 0.1% in the  EU27, after +1.0% and +0.6% respectively in July.

Civil engineering fell by 1.1% in the  Euro area and by 0.7% in the EU27, after +4.3% and +2.1% respectively in the previous month.

In terms of the annual comparison for member states with data available, construction output rose in six and fell in eight. The highest increases were registered in Poland (+10.6%), Romania (+6.3%) and Germany (+5.2%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-32.8%), Hungary (-12.3%) and Portugal (-10.0%). Building construction increased by 3.0% in the Euro area, but fell by 0.1% in the EU27, after +1.8% and +0.9% respectively in July. Civil engineering rose by 0.5% in the euro area and by 3.2% in the EU27, after +1.0% and +3.5% respectively in the previous month.

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