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In the 2nd quarter of 2019, construction output grew by 1 %

The latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that, compared to the 2nd quarter of 2018, in the 2nd quarter of 2019 construction output1 increased by 1 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices). Construction output in construction of buildings rose by 4.6 %, in specialised construction activities did not change, whereas in civil engineering it dropped by 3.8 %.

Output decline in civil engineering was affected by the significant reduction (of 32.4 %) in construction of utility projects as well as construction of water projects and other civil engineering n.e.c. (of 13.1 %). Output in construction of roads and railways went up by 16.1 %.

Compared to the 1st quarter of 2019, in the 2nd quarter of 2019 construction output fell by 1.3 % (according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices), of which specialised construction activities dropped by 5.2 %, whereas construction of buildings and civil engineering grew by 7.5 % and 3.6 %, respectively.

Construction output changes

(as per cent, at constant prices)

 

1st half of 2019, compared to the 1st half of 2018, % (calendar adjusted)

Q2 2019, compared to

Q1 2019

(seasonally adjusted)

Q2 2018

(calendar adjusted)

Total

3.4

-1.3

1.0

Construction of buildings

4.7

7.5

4.6

Civil engineering

-3.4

3.6

-3.8

Construction of roads and railways (incl. bridges)

16.2

7.7

16.1

Construction of utility projects

-16.0

-23.5

-32.4

Construction of other civil engineering projects n.e.c. (water projects and other civil engineering n.e.c.)

-36.3

21.2

-13.1

Specialised construction activities

8.6

-5.2

0.0

Demolition and site preparation

-0.2

-20.8

-33.0

Electrical, plumbing and other construction installation activities

14.3

-6.7

11.3

Building completion and finishing (plastering, floor and wall covering, painting and glazing, etc.)

1.9

-17.8

-10.7

Other specialised construction activities n.e.c.

5.3

-5.0

 

-1.4

Building permits granted2

In the 2nd quarter of 2019, 995 building permits were granted for the construction, capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of residential buildings with the total floor space of 223 thousand m2, of which 743 permits with the intended floor space of 165 thousand m2 were issued for construction of new buildings. Out of the total number, 617 permits were issued for construction of one-dwelling buildings (with intended floor space of 123 thousand m2).

During the period, 466 building permits were granted for the construction, capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of non-residential buildings with the total floor space of 407 thousand m2, of which 310 permits with the intended floor space of 200 thousand m2 were issued for construction of new non-residential buildings. In its turn, 86 building permits were issued for construction, capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of industrial buildings and warehouses with the total intended floor space of 134 thousand m2, of which 51 permits were granted for construction of new buildings with the intended floor space of 84 thousand m2.

More information on index of production in construction and building permits granted is available in the CSB database section Construction.

 

Methodological explanations

1Own account construction works, including those performed abroad.

2Since the 4th quarter of 2014, the term granted permits in construction statistics characterises construction permit records confirming that conditions for commencement of construction work have been met.

 

Media requests:
Communication Section
E-mail:
media@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366989, +371 27880666

 

More information on data:
Industrial and Construction Statistics Section
Madara Liepiņa
E-mail:
Madara.Liepina@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366953

 

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