Construction output up by 0.1% in euro area in May 2012

  • July 18, 2012
  • • Source: Eurostat
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In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production rose by 0.1% in the euro area (EA17) and by 1.6% in the EU27 in May 2012, compared with the previous month. In April 2012, production decreased by 3.7% and 6.9% respectively. Compared with May 2011, production in May 2012 dropped by 8.4% in the euro area and by 6.9% in the EU27.

Monthly comparison
Among the Member States for which data are available for May 2012, production in construction rose in eight, fell in six and remained stable in the Czech Republic. The highest increases were registered in the United Kingdom (+6.3%), Romania (+5.0%) and Portugal (+3.6%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-17.5%), Hungary (-4.1%) and Spain (-3.3%).
Building construction dropped by 0.2% in the euro area, but increased by 1.8% in the EU27, after -3.6% and -7.7% respectively in April 2012. Civil engineering rose by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU27, after -3.9% and -4.8% respectively in the previous month.

Annual comparison
Among the Member States for which data are available for May 2012, production in construction fell in twelve and rose in three. The largest decreases were registered in Spain (-24.8%), Slovenia (-23.7%) and Portugal (-16.4%), and the increases in Romania (+21.1%), Poland (+6.5%) and Germany (+2.2%).
Building construction declined by 8.6% in the euro area and by 6.3% in the EU27, after -5.9% and -5.1% respectively in April 2012. Civil engineering decreased by 9.3% in the euro area and by 10.9% in the EU27, after -9.3% and -10.9% respectively in the previous month.
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