Romania, second in EU in terms of construction output increase in SeptemberPublish date: 19-11-2009
In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production decreased by 1.1 percent in both the euro area and the EU27 in September 2009, compared with the previous month, but in Romania the output recorded a 2-percent rise, second only to the Czech Republic's 2.4-percent rise, show data released on Wednesday by the Eurostat European statistics office.
The 1.1 percent decrease in output this September in the euro area comes after a 0.1 percent rise in August, while the 1.1 percent decrease in the EU27 occurs after a 0.1 percent decrease in August.
Among the EU member states for which data are available for September 2009, construction output rose in four and fell in eight. The highest increases were registered in the Czech Republic (+2.4 percent), Romania (+2.0 percent) and Spain (+1.5 percent), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-10.4 percent), Slovakia (-6.2 percent) and Portugal (-2.3 percent).
In annual terms, among the member states for which data are available for September 2009, construction output fell in nine and rose only in Poland (+5.7 percent), the Czech Republic (+4.6 percent) and Germany (+2.9 percent). The largest decreases were registered in Slovenia (-32.2 percent), Romania (-22.1 percent) and Bulgaria (-19.7 percent).
Building construction fell by 10.4 percent in the euro area and by 12.6 percent in the EU27, after -14.2 percent and -14.8 percent respectively in August. Civil engineering increased by 0.9 percent in the euro area and by 4.7 percent in the EU27, after +3.2 percent and +6.2 percent respectively in the previous month.
Data with the National Statistics of Romania indicate that construction output increased by 13.2 percent in raw terms in September, but only 2 percent when adjusted for business days and seasonality, on a monthly basis. On an annual basis, construction output was down 21.9 percent in raw terms in September 2009, while the decrease when adjusted for business days and seasonality was 20.7 percent.
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