In nine months construction production volume rises by 9.7%

14.11.2014

The data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that, in the nine months of 2014, construction volume at current prices accounted for EUR 1254.4 million, of which in the 3rd quarter - EUR 574.0 million.

Compared to the 2nd quarter of this year, construction output in the 3rd quarter of 2014 decreased by 4.2%, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Of which construction of buildings dropped by 4.0% and construction of civil engineering structures – by 4.4%.

Construction volume index
(2010 = 100)

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Compared to the corresponding period of 2013, construction output in the 3rd quarter of 2014 grew by 0.6%, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices.Construction of buildings rose by 34.7%; of which construction of residential buildings - by 24.4% (13.3% of total construction), and construction and repair of educational buildings grew 2.1 time (9.5% of total construction).

Construction of civil engineering structures, as compared to the 3rd quarter of the previous year, dropped by 18.6%, which was affected by a significant construction volume drop in construction of streets and roads - of 11.2% (27.1% of total construction), in construction of main pipelines, communication and power lines - of 26.1% (5.6% of total construction), as well as in construction of harbours - of 64.6% (2.3% of total construction). At the same time construction of local pipelines and cables increased by 50.1% (5.7% of total construction).

Compared to the corresponding period of 2013, construction output in the nine months of 2014 grew by 9.7%, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices. Of which construction of buildings increased by 14.1% and construction of civil engineering – by 5.2%.

Construction volume and changes

 

Total (at current prices, mln EUR)

Nine months of 2014, compared to nine months of 2013, % (constant prices, calendar adjusted)

3rd quarter of 2014, compared to

nine months of 2014

3rd quarter of 2014

2nd quarter of 2014, %
(seasonally adjusted data at constant prices)

3rd quarter of 2013, %
(calendar adjusted data at constant prices)

Total

1254.4

574.0

9.7

-4.2

0.6

Of which:

 

Residential buildings

180.0

76.1

41.6

-6.0

24.4

Hotels and similar buildings

26.6

5.9

108.1

-36.3

43.8

Office buildings

74.0

24.8

28.9

-15.5

10.9

Wholesale and retail trade buildings

38.8

17.6

68.6

13.8

155.3

Industrial buildings and warehouses

68.7

24.7

10.9

-17.3

-1.7

School, university and research buildings

100.9

54.4

88.1

-2.7

106.9

Hospital or institutional care buildings

30.7

9.3

35.9

-27.9

30.0

Highways, streets, roads, airfield runways, railways

253.3

155.8

-8.2

-3.5

-11.2

Bridges and tunnels

29.1

13.5

-15.8

7.0

-19.6

Harbours and dams

37.2

13.1

-50.7

-5.5

-64.6

Main pipelines, communication and electricity lines

74.9

32.4

-31.8

-8.6

-26.1

Local pipelines and cables

64.7

32.5

31.2

20.8

50.1

During the 3rd quarter, 725 building permits were granted for construction, capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of single dwelling buildings with the total floor space of 149.3 thousand m2. Compared to the 3rd quarter of 2013, it is 48 building permits more and the intended total floor space has increased by 6.3%. 478 building permits were issued for the construction of new single dwelling buildings with the total floor space 104.3 thousand m2, i.e. for 0.8% larger space without changing the number of permits as compared to the 3rd quarter of the previous year.

133 building permits were granted for construction of industrial buildings and warehouses with the total floor space of 177.5 thousand m2. As compared to the 3rd quarter of 2013, it is 9 building permits less for the total floor space smaller by 14.0%. 78 permits were granted for the construction of new industrial buildings and warehouses with the total floor space 89.9 thousand m2 – 1 permit more, but 39.5% of intended floor space less than in the 3rd quarter of the previous year.

 

More information on construction volume indices and building permits is available in the CSB database Construction.

 

 

More information:
Arvīds Uibo
Investment and Real Estate Statistics Section
Tel. +371 67366857