Construction Sector Output Slows to a Crawl in Hungary
- 16 Jun 2022 6:54 AM
- Hungary Matters
Output of the buildings segment edged down 1.2%, while civil engineering output increased by 11.4%. In absolute terms, construction sector output was worth 426.8 billion forints in April.
The buildings segment accounted for 58% of the total. Month on month, construction sector output dropped by 5.9%, adjusted for seasonal and working-day effects.
Noting the slowdown and signs of supply problems, Magyar Bankholding analyst András Horváth nevertheless warned against reading into 1-2 months of data from such a volatile branch of the economy.
Full-year growth, he added, was likely to arrive at more than 10%, supported by home construction and renovation and a backlog of state orders.
Contract values are at record highs, Horváth said, though the revaluation of existing contracts may have a large part to play in this. In the spring, contractors expected a rise in costs of 10%, and now 25%-plus is likely, he added.
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