Seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 1.2% in the euro-zone and by 0.8% in the EU15 in the second quarter of 2002, compared to the first quarter of 2002, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg, estimates today. This follows a decrease of 0.2% in the euro-zone and stability in the EU15 in the previous quarter.
On a yearly basis, output decreased in the second quarter of 2002 by 1.3% in the euro-zone and by 0.2% in the EU15 after increases of 1.5% and 2.2%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2002.
Among the Member States for which data were available, the most significant increases for total construction in the second quarter 2002 were observed in Finland (2.7%), Luxembourg (2.6%) and Denmark (1.9%), whereas Germany (-7.1%) and Belgium (-4.1%) recorded the highest decreases.
The building and civil engineering sectors registered decreases for both zones in the second quarter of 2002: -1.3% and -1.0% respectively for the euro-zone and EU15 in building construction, and -1.4% in both zones in the civil engineering branch.
The highest annual increases in the second quarter of 2002 were recorded in Luxembourg (10.7%), United Kingdom (7.4%) and Spain (4.3%). The strongest decreases were observed in Germany (-5.9%) and France (-0.8%). The index for building construction decreased by 1.5% in the euro-zone and by 0.5% in the EU15 after positive growth of 1.5% and 2.0%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2002. Civil engineering decreased by 1.1% in the euro-zone and increased by 0.8% in the EU15, after growth of 1.8% and 3.7% respectively in the first quarter of 2002.
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