March 2021 compared with February 2021 EU Production in construction up by 2.7% in Euro Area and by 2.2% in EU

Up by 18.3 % and 14.9 % compared with March 2020.

In the Euro Area in March 2021, compared with February 2021, civil engineering increased by 9.4 % and building construction by 1.3 %.

In the EU, civil engineering increased by 7.7 % and building construction by 1.1 %.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Hungary (+11.5 %), Germany (+10.8 %) and Slovakia (+9.0 %). Decreases were observed in France (-7.3 %), Sweden (-3.1 %) and Spain (-0.9 %).

Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State

In the euro area in March 2021, compared with March 2020, civil engineering increased by 23.2 % and building construction by 16.8 %.

In the EU civil engineering increased by 19.0 % and building construction by 13.7 %.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were observed in Italy (+74.5 %), France (+46.3 %) and Belgium (+36.3 %). The largest decreases were recorded in Spain (-13.2 %), Poland (-12.6 %) and Finland (-4.0 %).

Geographical information

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, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta are not required to supply monthly data within 1 month and 15 days after the end of the reference month under Regulation (EU) 2019/2152. Ireland has applied for a derogation to remain with quarterly frequency and Denmark to have a longer deadline until the end of 2023.

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.

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