Polish Construction Weakens In November Due To Harsh Weather

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 In November, construction output rose by 3.9% YoY, noticeably weaker than in October (9.8%) and the consensus of 7.2%. This was most likely a result of less favorable weather conditions, including snowfall as well as temperatures which have been markedly lower than a year earlier. Housing remains robust.Poor weather affected industries typically associated with public investment, such as civil engineering (up by 5.3% year-on-year, compared to 17.6% a month earlier). Specialized construction performance also deteriorated substantially (down 5.6% YoY after a 7.1% increase). Such a strong deterioration is most likely a temporary effect, and the weather has improved in December. The situation in infrastructure construction will also be supported in the coming months by good prospects for the rapid release of EU funds, including the Recovery and Resilience Fund. Without this, we would have seen a decline in the inflow of European funds relative to 2023.On the other hand, building construction was strong. Despite the weaker weather, the category grew by 10.7% YoY (versus only 1.1% a month ago). We expect building construction to continue improving over the coming months. This is the result of a significant uptick in demand for real estate, which is linked to the low-cost mortgages program. According to the stat office’s data, the number of housing units under construction has been gradually increasing since the bottom in the summer of this year.More By This Author:Less Appetite For Dutch Hospitality In 2024 Polish Manufacturing Struggles To Overcome Weakness High Wage Growth Persists In Poland As Employment Subsides


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