Production in the construction sector, increased in January 2014 compared to December 2013, seasonally adjusted, by 1.5% in the euro area (ZE18) and 1.3% in the UE28, according to initial estimates of Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2013, the production in the construction sector had increased by 1.3% and 1.2%.

In January 2014 compared to January 2013, construction sector production grew by 8.8% in the Euro area and by 7.3% in the UE28.

Monthly comparisons branches of the construction industry and Member States

January 2014 compared to December 2013 in the euro area, the growth of 1.5% in construction sector is due to an increase of 1.7% of the building industry, while civil engineering declined 1.2%.

In UE28, the 1.3% increase is due to an increase of 1.6% of the building industry, while civil engineering fell by 1.8 %. The largest increases in production in the construction sector were registered in Slovenia (+22.4%), Spain (+5.8%) and Germany (+4.4%), and most decreases in Romania (-4.3%), Slovakia (-3.9%) and France (-2.2%).

Annual comparisons branches of the construction industry and Member States

In the euro area, in January 2014 compared to January 2013, the growth of 8.8% in production in the construction sector is due to an increase of 9.1% of the building industry and 7.6% civil engineering.

In UE28, the 7.3% increase is due to an increase of 8.1 % of the building industry and 3.8% in civil engineering. The largest increases in production in the construction sector were registered in Slovenia (+42.8%), Spain (+17.6%), Hungary (+15.9%) and Germany (+14.1%) , and the most decreases in Portugal (-14.0%), Romania (-9.2%) and Italy (-7.9%).