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07-04-2021 14:19

Index of Production in Construction: 4th quarter 2020

The Index of Production in Construction during the fourth quarter of 2020 reached 221,0 units (base year 2015=100,0), recording a decrease of 2,2% over the fourth quarter of 2019.

By type of project, a decrease of 1,1% was observed for buildings and of 8,6% for civil engineering projects in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the corresponding quarter of 2019.

For the period January-December 2020, the overall index registered a decrease of 7,5% over the corresponding period of 2019. A decrease of 7,4% was recorded in the index for buildings and of 7,7% in the index for civil engineering projects.

 

Methodological information

Scope

The quarterly Index of Production in Construction serves as a tool for monitoring short-term developments in construction activity. It is a volume index that approximates the changes in value added at constant prices. It can, therefore, be considered as an indication of the growth rate of construction relevant to a specific reference year, the base year.

Collection of data

For the compilation of the index a quarterly survey is conducted on a sample of enterprises active in Construction. For each reference quarter, the basic data collected are work done, turnover or hours worked by the production personnel, depending on the enterprise. These data are given classified under four types of projects: houses, apartment buildings, non-residential buildings and civil engineering projects (i.e. projects of open spaces and, generally speaking, everything that cannot be classified as a building), on the basis of the Classification of Types of Construction (CC). Data collection is carried out using every possible means (phone call, fax, or e-mail), according to the contact person´s preference.

Compilation method

The base year for the index is 2015. This means that the index shows the current evolution of production in relation to its average value in the year 2015. In the base year, the average of the production index for the four quarters is set to 100,0. For example, an index of 115,8 implies that production has gone up by 15,8% in relation to the average production of 2015.

The compilation of the Index of Production in Construction follows the provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics. At national level the index is published unadjusted (gross), i.e. no working day or seasonal adjustment is performed. In addition to the unadjusted index, a working day and a seasonally adjusted index is transmitted on a quarterly basis to the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).

For more information visit the Statistical Service (CYSTAT) website, subtheme Construction or contact, Ms Evi Kalogirou Demetriou, tel: +357 22 602168, fax:+357 22 605026, email: ekalogirou@cystat.mof.gov.cy

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