Spanish construction output falls 35pc in August

The Spanish construction sector was 34.7% smaller in August than 12 months earlier, according to the latest data from Eurostat.

Spanish construction output fell 1.8% on a monthly basis, second only to Holland (-2.6%). The yearly fall of 34.7% was the biggest in the EU, followed by Romania (-20.4%) and Holland (-14.1%).

For a collapsing construction sector, Spain is in a class of its own. As Edward Hugh points out at his Facebook page, the sector is now 45% smaller than it was at its peak in 2006. He thinks there is more pain to come.

The chart above helps explain why unemployment in Spain stands at 20%. Unemployed people don’t buy houses, so unemployment prolongs the housing glut.



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Mark Stücklin is a Barcelona-based property market analyst and consultant, and author of the 'Spanish Property Doctor' column in the Sunday Times (2005 - 2008). He can be reached by email on