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Construction output down by 0.8% in euro area in January 2012

  • March 21, 2012
  • • Source: Eurostat
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In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production fell by 0.8% in the euro area (EA17) and by 4.1% in the EU27 in January 2012, compared with the previous month. In December 20113, production decreased by 1.9% and 3.8% respectively. Compared with January 2011, output in January 2012 dropped by 1.4% in the euro area and by 1.0% in the EU27.

Monthly comparison
Among the Member States for which data are available for January 2012, construction output fell in seven and rose in eight. The largest decreases were registered in the Czech Republic (-20.1%), the United Kingdom (-13.8%) and Italy (-7.8%), and the highest increases in Slovenia (+17.4%), Germany (+4.3%) and Portugal (+2.5%).

Building construction dropped by 1.5% in the euro area and by 4.6% in the EU27, after -0.3% and -3.3% respectively in December 2011. Civil engineering rose by 1.6% in the euro area, but fell by 2.2% in the EU27, after -3.9% and -3.5% respectively in the previous month.

Annual comparison
Among the Member States for which data are available for January 2012, construction output fell in nine and rose in six. The largest decreases were registered in Slovenia (-19.7%), Portugal (-11.9%) and Spain (-11.5%), and the highest increases in Poland (+34.2%), Romania (+14.9%) and Sweden (+7.3%).

Building construction declined by 0.9% in the euro area and by 0.8% in the EU27, after +9.4% and +7.3% respectively in December 2011. Civil engineering decreased by 1.7% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU27, after +9.1% and +12.4% respectively in the previous month.
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