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Romania, leader in the EU in the increase of construction works in September as well

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Construction works in Romania registered an increase of 17.3% in September 2020 compared to the same month of the previous year, this being the largest advance registered among EU member states, according to data published on Thursday by Eurostat.

 

In September 2020 compared with August 2020, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 2.9% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the EU, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In August 2020, production in construction increased by 3.9% in the euro area and by 3.5% in the EU. In September 2020 compared with September 2019, production in construction decreased by 2.5% in the euro area and by 2.7% in the EU.

 

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State

 

In the euro area in September 2020, compared with August 2020, building construction decreased by 3.2% and civil engineering by 0.4%. In the EU, building construction decreased by 2.7% and civil engineering by 0.8%.

 

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were recorded in France (-8.4%), Italy (-8.1%) and Slovakia (-3.0%). The highest increases were observed in Slovenia (+2.6%), Romania (+1.7%), Bulgaria and Germany (both +1.5%).

 

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

 

In the euro area in September 2020, compared with September 2019, building construction decreased by 3.0% while civil engineering increased by 0.2%. In the EU building construction decreased by 2.9% and civil engineering by 1.4%.

 

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were observed in Slovakia (-22.8%), Hungary (-14.7%) and Poland (-11.8%). The highest increases were recorded in Romania (+17.3%), Slovenia (+7.9%) and Italy (+5.1%).

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