Production in construction down by 0.5% in euro area

Production in construction down by 0.5% in euro area

Production in construction down by 0.5% in euro area

The FINANCIAL -- In June 2017 compared with May 2017, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In May 2017, production in construction fell by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28.

In June 2017 compared with June 2016, production in construction increased by 3.4% in the euro area and by 3.6% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The decrease of 0.5% in production in construction in the euro area in June 2017, compared with May 2017, is due to civil engineering falling by 0.5% and building construction by 0.4%.

In the EU28, the decrease of 0.2% is due to building construction falling by 0.3%, while civil engineering grew by 0.2%.

Among Member States for which data are available, decreases in production in construction were recorded in Germany (-1.0%), Belgium and France (both -0.7%) and the United Kingdom (-0.2%).The highest increases were registered in Slovenia (+12.1%), Spain and Slovakia (both +2.2%) and Poland (+2.1%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The increase of 3.4% in production in construction in the euro area in June 2017, compared with June 2016, is due to building construction rising by 3.9% and civil engineering by 1.2%.

In the EU28, the increase of 3.6% is due to building construction rising by 4.0% and civil engineering by 2.9%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Hungary (+27.2%), Slovenia (+21.2%), Sweden (+17.3%) and Poland (+13.4%). Decreases were observed in Romania (-6.3%) and Slovakia (-0.5%).