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EU construction sees third month of growth

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Central Europe led the way as the European Union registered a third consecutive month of growing construction work in June

Data from EU statistical office Eurostat showed industry output was up a seasonally adjusted 0.8 per cent from May across the 27 countries of the Union.

Eurostat also adjusted May’s data to show a 0.3 per cent hike from April, which was itself up 1.3 per cent from March.

This is the first time the EU has seen three consecutive months of increasing construction work since August to October 2010.

Slovenia recorded the greatest growth in June, at 10.5 per cent, with increases also registered in Poland (5.3 per cent), Germany (1.6 per cent) and the Czech Republic (1.3 per cent).

Romania suffered the greatest reduction in workload, at -2.4 per cent, with Portugal next at -2.2 per cent, then Sweden at -0.9 per cent. Data was not available from all 27 member states.

Buildings work was up 0.5 per cent across the EU in June, while civil work was up 1.5 per cent.

The latest figures will give some hope to architects suffering from the long depression in work across Europe.

However, Joshua Miller, senior economist at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, told AJ in May that it could be late 2014 before any significant growth was seen in EU construction output.

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