Output of Hungary’s construction sector edged up by an annual 1.4 percent in March, slowing after more than a year of double-digit growth, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Friday show.
Output of the building segment rose by 0.2 percent and civil engineering output climbed 4.1 percent.
The slowdown could be explained by the number of workdays during the period. There were 20 workdays in March, including one “workday Saturday” to make up for a four-day holiday weekend, compared to 22 in the base period.
In a month-on-month comparison, output of the sector was down a seasonally- and workday-adjusted 10.3 percent.
For the period January-March, construction sector output was up by an annual 19 percent. In absolute terms, output of the sector came to 481.7 billion forints (EUR 1.5bn).
Order stock of construction companies was up 78.8 percent at the end of March from twelve months earlier. Order stock in the building segment rose by 5 percent and order stock in the civil engineering segment jumped by 116.9 percent.
New orders were down 7.1 percent, climbing 32.2 percent in the building segment but dropping 22.7 percent in the civil engineering segment.
Takarékbank analyst András Horváth said
the market was suffering the effects of tight capacity, noting that developers had planned to inaugurate six office buildings in the capital in the first quarter but managed to complete just two.
Order stock and the return of good weather augur improved output for April, he added, projecting growth of around 20 percent for the full year.
K+H Bank senior analyst Dávid Németh also put full-year growth of the sector at 10-20 percent.
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