Construction production fell by 1.4% in euro area, 1.8% in EU in September from August on seasonally adjusted basis; compared with a year ago, construction production dropped 2.6% in euro area, 5.8% in EU

BRUSSELS , November 19, 2012 (press release) – In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production1 fell by 1.4% in the euro area2 (EA17) and by 1.8% in the EU272 in September 2012, compared with the previous month, according to first estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In August 20123, production rose by 0.6% and 0.2% respectively.

Compared with September 2011, production in September 2012 dropped by 2.6% in the euro area and by 5.8% in the EU27.

Monthly comparison

Among the Member States for which data are available for September 2012, production in construction fell in eleven and rose in three. The largest decreases were registered in Portugal (-13.4%), Italy (-8.0%), Romania (-4.0%) and the United Kingdom (-3.0%), and the increases in Slovenia (+17.1%), Germany (+2.7%) and Sweden (+1.0%).

Building construction decreased by 2.3% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the EU27, after +0.8% and -0.1% respectively in August 2012. Civil engineering increased by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.1% in the EU27, after -0.2% and +2.4% respectively in the previous month.

Annual comparison

Among the Member States for which data are available for September 2012, production in construction fell in twelve and rose in two. The largest decreases were registered in Portugal (-18.2%), Italy (-17.8%), Poland (-16.7%), Slovakia (-14.9%) and the United Kingdom (-13.1%), and the increases in Sweden (+4.5%) and Germany (+4.0%).

Building construction declined by 3.2% in the euro area and by 6.5% in the EU27, after -0.6% and -4.4% respectively in August 2012. Civil engineering decreased by 2.0% in the euro area and by 4.2% in the EU27, after -5.3% and -5.1% respectively in the previous month.

The index of production in construction approximates the evolution of the volume of production within the sector, broken down into building construction and civil engineering. For the Member States which produce the construction index, but do not provide data for the reference period, Eurostat estimates missing values in order to calculate euro area and EU aggregates.

The weights of the Member States in the EU and euro area aggregates can be found at:

https://circabc.europa.eu/w/browse/b17d3ca3-51cc-44ab-92a8-433592393a61

See file: EU27_EA17_NEWS_RELEASE_WEIGHTINGS_2005_nace2.

More detailed data can be found in the short-term statistics database on the Eurostat website: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/short_term_business_statistics/data/database

For total construction, and according to the Council Regulation 1165/98, Eurostat publishes national seasonally adjusted data if available. For Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden, Eurostat makes the adjustment.

The seasonally adjusted euro area and EU series for production in construction are calculated by aggregating the seasonally adjusted national data. The monthly index as presented in this News Release is calculated only on the basis of the data of those countries reporting monthly data.

The euro area (EA17) includes Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.

The EU27 includes Belgium (BE), Bulgaria (BG), the Czech Republic (CZ), Denmark (DK), Germany (DE), Estonia (EE), Ireland (IE), Greece (EL), Spain (ES), France (FR), Italy (IT), Cyprus (CY), Latvia (LV), Lithuania (LT), Luxembourg (LU), Hungary (HU), Malta (MT), the Netherlands (NL), Austria (AT), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Romania (RO), Slovenia (SI), Slovakia (SK), Finland (FI), Sweden (SE) and the United Kingdom (UK).

Data of previous months have been revised compared to those issued in News Release 147/2012 of 17 October 2012. The monthly growth rate for August 2012 has been revised from +0.7% to +0.6% in the euro area and remains unchanged at +0.2% in the EU27. The annual growth rates have been revised from -5.5% to -1.4% in the euro area and from -6.8% to

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