In January, construction costs grew by 0.3 %


Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to December 2016, in January 2017 the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.3 %.Prices of building materials rose by 0.9 %, whereas labour remuneration of workers decreased by 0.4 % and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment dropped by 0.2 %.

Compared to January 2016, construction costs increased by 0.6 %. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 2.6 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.3 %, whereas prices of building materials did not change significantly.

In January, the average level of construction costs was mostly affected by an increase in the prices of sand.

Construction cost indices

In 2017, data on prices of construction resources are provided by approximately 190 construction enterprises and more than 40 trade enterprises. When calculating the Construction Cost Index, prices of building materials submitted by enterprises for the calculation of producer price indices in industry and import price index are also used.

The sample includes construction enterprises with the highest value of own account construction works in 2016. The share of enterprises with the value of own account construction work exceeding EUR 1 million per year accounted for 72 %, in 26 % of which the value of own account construction work exceeded EUR 5 million per year. The criterion for the sample of trade enterprises is their turnover and specialisation.

More information on construction costs is available on the Producer Prices section of the CSB database. Data on changes of construction costs in February 2017 will be published on 27 March.

Media requests:
Sanda Rieksta
Information and Communication Section
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More information on data:
Anita Merca
Producer Price Indices Section
E-mail: Anita [dot] Merca [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Phone.: +371 67366813