Production in construction down by 0.3% in euro area

Production in construction down by 0.3% in euro area

Production in construction down by 0.3% in euro area

The FINANCIAL -- In March 2018 compared with February 2018, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.9% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In February 2018, production in construction fell by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.8% in the EU28.

In March 2018 compared with March 2017, production in construction increased by 0.8% in the euro area and decreased by 1.3% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The decrease of 0.3% in production in construction in the euro area in March 2018, compared with February 2018, is due to building construction falling by 0.3% and civil engineering by 0.2%.

In the EU28, the decrease of 0.9% is due to building construction falling by 1.0% and civil engineering by 0.7%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Hungary (-10.3%), Romania (-9.2%) and France (-2.6%). The highest increases were observed in Spain (+3.1%), Slovakia (+2.3%) and Belgium (+1.1%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

The increase of 0.8% in production in construction in the euro area in March 2018, compared with March 2017, is due to building construction rising by 2.4%, while civil engineering fell by 4.2%.

In the EU28, the decrease of 1.3% is due to civil engineering falling by 4.4% and building construction by 0.8%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Poland (+18.8%), Spain (+17.1%) and Slovakia (+4.9%). The largest decreases were observed in Romania (-10.8%), the United Kingdom (-8.1%) and France (-2.5%).