19/12/2014 – El Mundo
According to the latest projections of the European Commission, construction investment will improve in 26 member countries throughout 2015. In 2014, the growth rate is bound to show 0.7%. In regard to the EU 28, a rise of 2.4% is forecasted but it will also average at as little as 0.7% in the eurozone as a whole.
Ireland and Greece are likely to see their house-building investment skyrocketing by 11.3% and 10.3% respectively. The United Kingdom will show a 9.2% advance, Luxembourg 7.8% and Sweden 6.4%. Poland and Lithuania will increase by around 5%, and Hungary and the Netherlands will raise their bet on housing development by 3%.
Spain Above European Average
For the first time since the crisis began, Spain is expected to register positive figures in terms of construction. The European Commission predicts a 1.8% rise for Spain, much above the eurozone average. Germany ranks just behind it with 1.6%, followed by Austria and Ireland with 1.4% predictions each.
Italy, Portugal are found among the countries deemed to underperform next year but not as much as Bulgaria (down 2.2%), France (2.3%) or Cyprus (a fall of 4.8%).
Original story: El Mundo
Translation: AURA REE