Seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector remained steady in the euro-zone (0.0%) and increased by 0.1% in the EU15 in the first quarter of 2002, compared to the fourth quarter of 2001, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg, estimates today. This follows an increase of 0.5%3 in the euro-zone and of 0.8% in the EU15 in the fourth quarter of 2001.
On a yearly basis, output grew in the first quarter of 2002 by 0.9% in the euro-zone and by 1.7% in the EU15 after increases of 0.6% and 1.3% respectively in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Among the Member States for which data were available, the total construction index recorded the highest increases in Finland (5.0%) and the United Kingdom (3.0%) in the first quarter of 2002. The strongest decreases were observed in Germany, Austria and Sweden (-1.8% each).
Building construction registered similar growth rates in the euro-zone and in the EU15: respectively 0.0% and -0.1% after increases of 0.8% and 1.2% in the fourth quarter of 2001. Civil engineering activity decreased by 0.9% in the euro-zone and grew by a modest 0.2% in the EU15, after +1.1% in both areas in the last quarter of 2001.
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