The figure for the 19 countries of the Eurozone was 1.8%, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In terms of the annual increase, the 1.8% rise in the Eurozone is due to civil engineering rising by 3.9% and building construction by 1.3%. In the EU28, the increase of 2.3% comes from a rise of 6.6% in civil engineering and 1.6% in building construction.
Among member states with data available, the highest increases in production were recorded in Slovakia (+23.4%), Romania (+15.1%) and the Czech Republic (+14.0%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-14.0%), France (-3.0%) and the United Kingdom (-2.3%).
July’s figures also saw a rise compared to the previous month, with output up 0.7% across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28) and 1% in the Eurozone (EA19). However, there was a 1.3% fall in the UK.
In July 2015 compared with June 2015, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector rose by 1.0% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.7% in the EU28, In June 2015, production in construction had dropped by 0.5% and 1.2% respectively.
The month’s increase of 1.0% in production in construction in the euro area is due to civil engineering rising by 1.0% and building construction by 0.9%. In the EU28, the increase of 0.7% comes from civil engineering rising by 1.4% and building construction by 0.6%.
Among member states with data available, the highest increases were recorded in Sweden (+4.2%), Germany (+3.2%) and Poland (+2.2%), and the largest decreases in Hungary (-3.0%), Slovenia (-2.8%) and the UK (-1.3%).