Production in Europe’s construction sector was 2.3% higher in July this year compared to the same month in 2014, but output in the UK fell by the same amount.
The figure for the 19 countries of the Eurozone was 1.8%, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In terms of the annual increase, the 1.8% rise in the Eurozone is due to civil engineering rising by 3.9% and building construction by 1.3%. In the EU28, the increase of 2.3% comes from a rise of 6.6% in civil engineering and 1.6% in building construction.
Among member states with data available, the highest increases in production were recorded in Slovakia (+23.4%), Romania (+15.1%) and the Czech Republic (+14.0%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-14.0%), France (-3.0%) and the United Kingdom (-2.3%).
July’s figures also saw a rise compared to the previous month, with output up 0.7% across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28) and 1% in the Eurozone (EA19). However, there was a 1.3% fall in the UK.
In July 2015 compared with June 2015, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector rose by 1.0% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.7% in the EU28, In June 2015, production in construction had dropped by 0.5% and 1.2% respectively.
The month’s increase of 1.0% in production in construction in the euro area is due to civil engineering rising by 1.0% and building construction by 0.9%. In the EU28, the increase of 0.7% comes from civil engineering rising by 1.4% and building construction by 0.6%.
Among member states with data available, the highest increases were recorded in Sweden (+4.2%), Germany (+3.2%) and Poland (+2.2%), and the largest decreases in Hungary (-3.0%), Slovenia (-2.8%) and the UK (-1.3%).