Continental Europe has seen a decline in production in the construction sector, based on the latest assessment by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) for April 2022, compared with March 2022.
Production decreased by 1.1 per cent in the Euro Area and by 1.2 per cent in the European Union (EU). In March 2022, production in construction increased by 0.1 per cent in the Euro Area and the EU whilst a comparison of April 2022 versus April 2021 revealed that production in construction increased by 3.0 per cent in the Euro Area and the EU.
In April 2022, relative to March 2022, civil engineering in the Euro Area contracted by 5.5 per cent while building construction rose by 0.1 per cent. For the same comparable period, civil engineering in the EU decreased by 6.1 per cent and building construction by 0.2 per cent.
Data for member states
Among the EU member states for which data are available, the largest month-over-month decreases in production in construction were recorded in Slovenia (-7.4 per cent), Hungary (-5.9 per cent), and Poland (-5.1 per cent). Increases were observed in France (+1.2 per cent), Finland (+0.9 per cent) and Spain (+0.2 per cent).
As it relates to the annual comparison, civil engineering went down by 1.0 per cent and building construction increased by 3.9 per cent in the Euro Area in April 2022 relative to April 2021. In the EU, civil engineering decreased by 0.7 per cent, while building construction increased by 4.1 per cent.
Among the member states for which data are available, the largest annual increase in production in construction were observed in Italy (+16.9 per cent), Poland (+11.6 per cent) and Slovenia (+7.7 per cent). The largest decreases were recorded in Romania (-8.1 per cent), Spain (-3.8 per cent) and Slovakia (-2.5 per cent).