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March 2014 compared with February 2014, Production in construction down by 0.6% in euro area, Down by 0.5% in EU28

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March 2014 compared with February 2014, Production in construction down by 0.6% in euro area, Down by 0.5% in EU28

In March 2014 compared with February 2014, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 0.6% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.5% the EU282, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In February 20143, production in construction rose by 0.4% and 0.5% respectively.
In March 2014 compared with March 20134, production in construction increased by 5.2% in the euro area and by 5.3% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State
The decrease of 0.6% in production in construction in the euro area in March 2014, compared with February 2014, is due to building construction falling by 0.7% and civil engineering by 0.6%.
In the EU28, the decrease of 0.5% is due to building construction falling by 0.6% and civil engineering by 0.3%.
The largest decreases in production in construction were observed in Portugal (-3.0%), the Netherlands (-2.6%) and Germany (-2.2%), and the highest increases in Romania (+10.3%), Slovenia (+8.9%) and Italy (+1.9%).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State
The increase of 5.2% in production in construction in the euro area in March 2014, compared with March 2013, is due to building construction rising by 5.0% and civil engineering by 6.3%.
In the EU28, the increase of 5.3% is due to building construction rising by 5.4% and civil engineering by 4.3%.
The highest increases in production in construction were registered in Slovenia (+44.9%), Hungary (+34.1%), Spain (+19.1%) and Poland (+18.4%), and the largest decreases in Portugal (-13.8%), Sweden (-2.8%) and Italy (-1.4%).