The EU’s record-breaking rise in construction output has come to an abrupt end
Levels of construction work, adjusted for seasonal variations, rose for five consecutive months from March to August this year.
This was the longest period of unbroken growth since records began some two decades ago.
But data from official statistical office Eurostat has shown that output fell by 1.3 per cent across the 28 member countries in September.
Portugal suffered the biggest fall in work, with output down 12.3 per cent from the previous month.
Romania saw a 6.9 per cent drop; the Czech Republic 4.6 per cent; and Italy 1.8 per cent.
Only Slovenia and Slovakia recorded significant increases in workloads, at 6.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent respectively.
UK construction output was down 0.9 per cent in September, according to the figures.
Buildings work was down 1.1 per cent across the EU; civils work was down 2.6 per cent.
The falls left construction output across the EU just 0.2 per cent higher than in the same month last year.