Construction output 0.8% in euro area

Construction output 0.8% in euro area
Published: 21 January 2016


In November 2015 compared with October 2015, seasonally-adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.8 per cent in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.7 per cent in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October 2015 production in construction grew by 0.6 per cent in the euro area and by 0.2 per cent in the EU28.

In November 2015 compared with November 2014, production in construction expanded by 2.1 per cent in the euro area and by 1.9 per cent in the EU28.

Comparison by construction sector and member state

Monthly comparison

The increase of 0.8 per cent in production in construction in the euro area in November 2015 compared with the previous month is due to building construction rising by 1.1 per cent. Civil engineering fell by 0.3 per cent.

In the EU28 the increase of 0.7 per cent is due to building construction rising by 0.8 per cent, while civil engineering fell 0.8 per cent.

Among the member states for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Slovakia (+15.5 per cent), Hungary (+3.6 per cent), Italy and Poland (both +2.9 per cent). The largest decreases were seen in Slovakia (-4.9 per cent) and the Czech Republic (-0.7 per cent.

Annual comparison
The increase of 2.1 per cent in production in construction in the euro area in November 2015 compared to the same month a year earlier is due to building construction being up by 2.7 per cent. Civil engineering, on the other hand, fell by 0.5 per cent.

In the EU28, the increase of 1.9 per cent is due to building construction rising by two per cent and civil engineering by 1.5 per cent.

Among member states for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Slovakia (+16.9 per cent), Sweden (+10.7 per cent), Romania ((+6.8 per cent) and Slovenia (6.1 per cent). The steepest falls were seen in Portugal ((-4.5 per cent) and Poland (-1.9 per cent).