Down by 1.3 % and 1.1 % compared with November 2019
In November 2020 compared with October 2020, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 1.4% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October 2020, production in construction remained stable in the euro area and increased by 0.7% in the EU.
In November 2020 compared with November 2019, production in construction decreased by 1.3% in the euro area
and by 1.1% in the EU.
Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State
In the euro area in November 2020, compared with October 2020, civil engineering increased by 3.1% and building construction by 1.0%.
In the EU, civil engineering increased by 3.0% and building construction by 0.7%.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Slovenia (+12.2 %), Hungary (+12.0 %) and Slovakia (+7.0 %). The largest decreases were observed in Romania (-4.9 %), Spain (-1.4 %) and Belgium (-0.9 %).
Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State
In the euro area in November 2020, compared with November 2019, building construction decreased by 1.6 % while civil engineering increased by 0.4 %.
In the EU building construction decreased by 1.2 % and civil engineering by 0.2 %.
Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in production in construction were observed in Spain (-13.1 %), Belgium (-9.3 %) and Slovakia (-8.8 %). The largest increases were recorded in Slovenia (+18.4 %), Romania (+9.3 %) and Hungary (+5.1%).
The euro area (EA19) includes Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.
The European Union (EU27) includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden.
Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta are not required to supply monthly data under Council Regulation 1165/98.
Methods and definitions
The index of production in construction approximates the evolution of the volume of production within the sector, broken down into building construction and civil engineering.
Seasonally adjusted euro area and EU series are calculated by aggregating the seasonally adjusted national data. Eurostat carries out the seasonal adjustment of the data for those countries that do not adjust their data for seasonal effects.
The monthly index as presented in this News Release is calculated only on the basis of the data of those countries reporting monthly data. Missing observations from Member States for recent months are estimated for the calculation of the euro area and the EU aggregates.
Revisions and timetable
Data of previous months have been revised compared with those issued in News Release 184/2020 of 16 December 2020. The monthly percentage change for October 2020 was revised from +0.5% to 0.0% in the euro area and from +0.9% to +0.7% in the EU. The annual percentage change has been revised from -1.4% to -1.9% in the euro area and from -1.2% to -1.6% in the EU.