Public sector investments fuel construction industry’s growth in Romania
The volume of construction works in Romania (chart) increased by 15.8% y/y in July, the statistics office INS announced.
The annual growth rate remained above 15% y/y for the fourth consecutive month.
In July, the growth was fueled by civil engineering (infrastructure) works, which surged by 37.6% y/y in the month and maintained an annual growth rate of over 35% y/y for the fourth consecutive month.
The construction of non-residential constructions is also growing, by 7.7% y/y in July and 12% y/y in the rolling 12-month period ending July. But this sector’s growth is more volatile because it includes segments with different trends (office, retail and logistics).
As regards the residential buildings segment, it posted negative growth in July (-14.3% y/y) and in the rolling 12-month period (-3% y/y) but on a longer-term perspective it stagnated after record growth rates in 2020-2021.
Russian service providers recorded a modest expansion in business activity during November, according to the latest PMI survey from S&P Global, but the rate of growth slowed somewhat from October.
Largest number of jobs created in construction, IT&C and hospitality sectors.
Czechia remains the only EU country not to have recovered its pre-pandemic level of output.
Independent group ENAG calculates 129% y/y.
Hungary’s economy grew 0.9% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter, after four consecutive months of contraction.
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