Seasonally adjusted construction output decreased by 1.3% in the entire euro area in September and by 1.5% in the EU27 when compared with August. Compared with September 2007, output dropped by 3.8% in the euro area and by 3.1% in the EU27.
Among the Member States for which Eurostat have data available for September 2008, construction activity rose in eight countries and fell in five. The largest increases were registered in Romania (+27.0%), Slovenia (+19.4%) and Bulgaria (+17.7%) and the largest decreases were registered in Spain (an incredible -24.1%) and Sweden (-19.8%).
Obviously September was a key month in the evolution of the Spanish crisis.
Month on month the most significant increases were registered in Slovakia (+7.2%), Portugal (+6.8%) and Bulgaria (+5.9%), while the largest decreases were recorded in the United Kingdom (-8.5%) and in Spain (-7.8%).
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