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EU construction work on the up

Construction work has risen across the EU for the first time in five months

The total value of non-civils construction work in the 28 member states grew by 0.7 per cent in December, according to data from statistical office Eurostat.

This was the first rise since July and came alongside a greater rise in civils work that dragged the overall rise in the value of construction in the EU to 1.0 per cent.

The Czech Republic led the way in December, with a 6.0 per cent hike in construction work, while France was second with 4.5 per cent.

Slovenia, which had topped the growth tables for the past three months, saw a dramatic 17.2 per cent slashed from the size of its industry.

The final quarter of last year saw Eastern European countries including Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland and Lithuania increase the size of their construction industry.

While France, the Netherlands and Sweden saw relatively minor growth in that period, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy suffered reductions.

The UK was effectively flat, with a 0.2 per cent increase over the three months.

Hungary posted the greatest year-on-year growth in December, with 11.5 per cent. Portugal had the greatest 12-month figures with a fall of 14.1 per cent.

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