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EU construction output rises again

EU construction output has risen for a record fifth successive month

Data from official statistical office Eurostat showed seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector was 0.4 per cent higher in August than in July.

Output has been steadily rising since March, the longest period of unbroken growth since records began in the mid-1990s.

While this is cause for optimism among architects working in the continent, it must be noted that construction output remains at historically low levels.

Production in August 2013 was 2.5 per cent lower than that in the same month a year earlier, and the lowest of any August in the past decade.

Portugal led the recovery, however, with a 10.8 per cent hike in output from July. Production was up 4.8 per cent in Sweden, 4.0 per cent in Hungary and 3.4 per cent in Italy.

However, it was not good news across the board. The Czech Republic saw construction levels fall 3.6 per cent; Slovenia 2.8 per cent; and Germany 1.9 per cent.

Moreover, a rise in civil engineering output across the EU masked the fact that buildings work was down 0.1 per cent from the previous month.

UK construction output was down 0.1 per cent in August, according to the data.

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