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Construction output in euro zone up in January

Construction output in the 16-nation euro zone was up in January compared with the previous month, according to EU’s statistics agency Eurostat on Monday.

In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production rose by 1.3% in the euro zone and by 1.8% in the 27-nation European Union in January, compared with December 2008 when production fell by 2.8% and 1.8% respectively.

Compared with the same month a year ago, output in January dropped by 9.1% in the euro zone and by 7.3% in the EU.

The most significant increases were registered in Slovenia (22.4%), Spain (7.8%) and Sweden (2.2%), while the largest drop were recorded in Hungary (-13.9%), Germany (-7.8%) and Romania (-6.4%).

Building construction grew by 0.1% over the previous month in the euro zone and by 1.8% in the EU, after respectively dropping 2.6% and 2.8% in December.

Civil engineering rose by 5.1% in the euro zone and by 2.3% in the EU after falling 2.7% and 1.4% respectively in the previous month.

The increases were recorded in Poland (9.1%), Romania (7.0%) and Sweden (1.2%), while the largest falls were registered in Germany (-25.6%), Slovenia (-20.7%) and Hungary (-16.0%).

Building construction fell by 12.0% in the euro zone and by 9.0% in the EU, compared with the same month of last year. Civil engineering declined by 1.6% in the euro zone and by 2.1% in the EU over January in 2008. (Xinhua)