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Press release 15/12/2009

CONSTRUCTION INDEX (ICC) 3rd QUARTER 2009



The construction sector in the Basque Country fell by 15.0% in the third quarter of 2009



Building was down by 16.9%, while Civil Works dropped by 11.6%


Construction in the Basque Country registered a year-on-year nominal downturn of 15.0% in the third quarter of 2009, in homogeneous terms of the working calendar, according to EUSTAT data.


Once corrected for seasonal factors, the construction sector fell by 3.2% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the second quarter of 2009.


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The drop in the construction sector, in the third quarter of 2009, was mainly due to the negative performance of the Building sub-sector, which registered a year-on-year downturn of 16.9%, compared to an 11.6% fall posted by Civil Works.


In quarter-on-quarter terms, if the activity of the sector in the third quarter of 2009 is compared to the previous quarter, both Building and Civil Works sub-sectors performed negatively, by -2.6% in the case of Civil Works and -3.6% in the case of the Building sub-sector.

Employment in the construction sector registered a downturn of 1.6% compared to the second quarter of 2009.


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