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In 2019 construction output grew by 2.9 %

The latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to 2018, in 2019 construction output1 increased by 2.9 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices). Construction output rise was observed in all construction sectors – construction of buildings (of 7.8 %), civil engineering (1 %) and specialised construction activities (0.2 %).

Compared to the 4th quarter of 2018, in the 4th quarter of 2019 construction output fell by 0.5 %, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices. Decline was recorded in specialised construction activities (of 10.4 %), whereas in construction of buildings and civil engineering there was an upturn of 9.1 % and 5.1 %, respectively.

In the 4th quarter, the most significant construction output reduction was registered in the following specialised construction activities: demolition and site preparation (of 45.1 %), building completion and finishing (16.9 %), as well as electrical, plumbing and other construction installation activities (4.5 %). Construction output growth in civil engineering, in turn, was influenced by the rise in construction of roads and railways (of 6.1 %) and construction of utility projects (5.6 %).

Compared to the previous quarter, in the 4th quarter of 2019 construction output grew by 1.1 % (according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices), of which construction of buildings rose by 6.8 %, while civil engineering and specialised construction activities declined by 1.3 % and 2.1 %, respectively.

Construction output changes
(as per cent, at constant prices)

 

2019, compared to

Q4 2019, compared to

2018 (calendar adjusted)

Q3 2019

(seasonally adjusted)

Q4 2018

(calendar adjusted)

Total

2.9

1.1

-0.5

Construction of buildings

7.8

6.8

9.1

Civil engineering

1.0

-1.3

5.1

Construction of roads and railways (incl. bridges)

7.8

4.8

6.1

Construction of utility projects

-6.6

4.3

5.6

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

-15.7

-37.9

-5.8

Specialised construction activities

0.2

-2.1

-10.4

Demolition and site preparation

-29.0

18.1

-45.1

Electrical, plumbing and other construction installation activities

5.2

-0.1

-4.5

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

-6.2

11.7

-16.9

Other specialised construction activities n.e.c.

13.9

-1.1

12.1

Building permits granted2

In 2019, 3 401 building permits were granted for the construction, capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of residential buildings with the total floor space of 844 thousand m2, of which 2 511 permits with the intended floor space of 597 thousand m2 were issued for construction of new buildings. Out of the total number, 2 045 permits were granted for construction of one-dwelling buildings (with intended floor space of 411 thousand m2).

During the period, 1 583 building permits were granted for the construction, capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of non-residential buildings with the total floor space of 1 770 thousand m2, of which 1 056 permits with the intended floor space of 886 thousand m2 were issued for construction of new non-residential buildings.  In its turn, 316 building permits were granted for construction of industrial buildings and warehouses with the total intended floor space of 732 thousand m2, of which 207 permits were issued for construction of new buildings with the intended floor space of 360 thousand m2.

In the 4th quarter of 2019, 722 building permits were granted for the construction, capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of residential buildings with the total floor space of 233 thousand m2, of which 524 permits with the intended floor space of 164 thousand m2 were issued for construction of new buildings. Out of the total number, 421 permits were granted for construction of new single-dwelling buildings with the intended floor space of 95 thousand m2.

During the period, 256 building permits were granted for the construction, capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of non-residential buildings with the total floor space of 588 thousand m2, of which 156 permits with the intended floor space of 285 thousand m2 were issued for construction of new non-residential buildings. In its turn, 76 building permits were granted for construction of industrial buildings and warehouses with the total intended floor space of 283 thousand m2, of which 52 permits were issued for construction of new buildings with the intended floor space of 112 thousand m2.

 

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.

 

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E-mail:
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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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