Construction Sector Output In Hungary Up 20.5% In October

  • 14 Dec 2019 11:19 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Construction Sector Output In Hungary Up 20.5% In October
Output of Hungary’s construction sector climbed 20.5% year-on-year in October, unadjusted data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) show.

Output of the buildings segment was up 18.8%, lifted by construction of residential, cultural and industrial buildings, KSH said. Civil engineering output rose by 22.3%, helped by road and railway developments.

In a month-on-month comparison, construction output rose by 3.2%, adjusted for seasonal and workday effects. For the period January-October, output was up 27.0% year-on-year. In absolute terms, output stood at 444.0 billion forints (EUR 1.3bn) in October and 3,547.9 billion forints in the first ten months.

Order stock in the sector was down 10.1% at the end of October from twelve months earlier. Stock rose by 40.6% in the buildings segment but was down 21.7% in the civil engineering segment. New order volume was up 2.7% as new orders for buildings fell by 2.8% and civil engineering orders were up 8.5%.

Analysts interviewed by MTI said the construction sector had started the fourth quarter well and should make a significant contribution to economic growth.

Gábor Regős of Századvég Institute said full-year construction sector output growth could come close to 25% and the sector’s output should continue to grow in 2020, albeit at a slower pace. András Horváth of Takarékbank said the sector’s output could grow by almost 30% in 2019 and about 10% next year.

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