In April, overall level of construction costs fell by 0.2 %
Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to March, in April 2020 the level of construction costs in Latvia reduced by 0.2 %. Prices of building materials decreased by 1.0 %, but labour remuneration of workers – increased by 1.3 % and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.1 %.
In April, the average level of construction costs was mostly affected by a decrease of road construction materials (mostly, of sand, asphalt concrete and dolomite breakstone), as well as of metal structures and small metal products.
Compared to April 2019, construction costs rose by 1.9 %. Labour remuneration of workers rose by 7.7 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.5 %, but prices of building materials – by 0.2 %.
In 2020, the data on prices of construction resources were provided by approximately 200 construction enterprises and more than 50 trade enterprises. When calculating the Construction Cost Index, the prices of building materials submitted by enterprises for the calculation of producer price indices in industry and import price index are also used. Additionally, registered consumer prices of building materials are used in calculations.
The sample includes construction enterprises with the highest value of own account construction works in 2019. The share of enterprises with the value of own account construction work exceeding EUR 1 million per year accounted for 90 %, in 36 % 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.
Information on changes of construction costs in May 2020 will be published on 29 June.
Report on prices of construction resources for April were submitted by 98.8 % enterprises; the number and quality of the data submitted does not differ significantly from previous periods. Overall index of construction costs in April corresponds to statistical basic principles and general quality criteria.