On changes of construction costs in May 2012

28.06.2012

Compared to April, construction costs in May 2012 increased on average by 1.3%, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 3.3%, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.8%, while prices of building materials increased by 0.6%.
The overall level of construction costs was mostly influenced by the growth in transport facility construction costs.

In comparison with May of the previous year, the overall level of construction costs rose by 7.3%. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 17.4%, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment grew by 14.1%, whereas prices of building materials rose by 0.4%.
Growth in construction costs of transport facilities and underground main pipelines had the most significant increasing impact on the overall level of construction costs.

Changes in construction costs by main resource group, compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, %
Changes in construction costs by type of construction, compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, %

In 2012 the price data on construction resources are obtained from about 180 construction enterprises and 30 trade enterprises. Moreover, construction cost calculations are based on the prices of building materials submitted by the enterprises for the calculation of producer price indices in industry and import price indices.
The sample includes construction enterprises with the highest value of own account construction works in 2011. The share of enterprises with the work volume of exceeding LVL 1 million comprised 75%, in 21% of which the volume of own account construction works exceeded LVL 5 million per year. The criterion for the sample of trade enterprises is their turnover and specialisation.

More detailed information is available in the CSB data base. Press release on changes of construction costs in June 2012 will be published on 26 July 2010.


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