Output in construction was down by 1.1% in the Euro area and by 0.4% across the whole of the EU in February compared to January according to latest figures from the EU’s statistical office.
However, the figures from Eurostat show that, when compared to February 2015, output grew by 2.5% in the Eurozone and 2.3% across the EU28.
In January, production had grown by 2.4% in the Eurozone and by 0.9% in the EU28 compared to the previous month. February’s monthly decrease of 1.1% in the euro area is due to building construction falling by 1.5%, while civil engineering grew by 0.9%.
In the EU28, the decrease of 0.4% is due to building construction falling by 0.5%, while civil engineering grew by 0.3%.
Among member states with available data, the largest decreases were recorded in France (-6.0%), Sweden (-5.1%) and Slovenia (-4.1%), and the highest increases in Romania (+5.1%), the United Kingdom (+3.1%) and Bulgaria (+2.7%).
The increase of 2.5% in production in construction in the Euro area in February 2016, compared with February 2015, is due to building construction rising by 2.8% and civil engineering by 1.3%.
In the EU28, the increase of 2.3% is due to building construction rising by 2.9%, while civil engineering fell by 1.4%.
The highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Slovakia (+18.8%), Spain (+13.0%) and Sweden (+11.3%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-30.8%), Hungary (-19.3%) and Poland (-10.1%).