In December 2016 compared with November 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19), while it increased by 0.6% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In November 2016, production in construction grew by 0.9% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU28. In December 2016 compared with December 2015, production in construction rose by 3.2% in the euro area and by 1.6% in the EU28.

Average production in the construction for the year 2016, compared with 2015, increased by 1.6% in the euro area and by 1.3% in the EU28.

The decrease of 0.2% in production in construction in the euro area in December 2016, compared with November 2016, is due to building construction falling by 0.5%, while civil engineering rose by 0.8%. In the EU28, the increase of 0.6% is due to civil engineering rising by 1.2% and building construction by 0.2%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in Romania (-4.3%), Slovakia (-3.1%) and Bulgaria (-2.1%), and the highest increases in Sweden (+4.7%), Poland (+2.5%), the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom (both +2.2%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State The increase of 3.2% in production in construction in the euro area in December 2016, compared with December 2015, is due to civil engineering rising by 6.5% and building construction by 2.5%.

In the EU28, the increase of 1.6% is due to building construction rising by 2.3%, while civil engineering fell by 0.5%. Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Sweden (+11.2%), the Netherlands (+10.4%) and Slovenia (+9.1%), and the largest decreases in Romania (-26.7%), Slovakia (-18.5%) and Hungary (-14.9%).

Source: Eurostat

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