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Construction confidence indicator in August 2021
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Construction confidence indicator in August 2021

Last update: 30.08.2021
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Publisher: Headquarters Bratislava
Topic: Macroeconomic statistics
Domain: Business tendency surveys and consumer opinions
Publish Date: 30.08.2021




In August, the seasonally adjusted confidence indicator in construction remained at the level of the previous month (-21), when the unfavourable development of the expected employment was eliminated by the favourable development of the overall level of orders. The current result is above the long-term average by 3 points.

Compared with the situation in the previous month, the indicator of the building activity trend over the past three months improved by 4 points to 2, mainly due to enterprises performing civil engineering and specialized construction works. An increase of the construction activity was recorded by 30 % of respondents, its decrease by 14 % of respondents, and 56 % of enterprises considered it to be unchanged. Compared with July, the evaluation of the current level of overall order books  improved by 3 points to -37. 2 % of respondents consider them to be more than sufficient, 66 % to be sufficient and for 32 % respondents the current level of orders was insufficient. 31 % of respondents included shortage of employees, 29 % financial constraints, 29 % insufficient demand, 16 % lack of material and mechanisms and 14 % weather conditions into the most significant factors limiting a growth of construction production currently. Respondents also report: impacts related to the coronavirus pandemic, higher prices of construction material, pressure on lower prices of contracts and lack of qualified staff. 22 % of enterprises do not see any barriers of growth currently. Expectations of respondents in estimation of the employment development deteriorated month-on-month, the business balance of the expected number of employees, dropped by 3 points to -5, mainly due to enterprises performing civil engineering. Over the next three months, 11 % of respondents expect a decrease of employment, 76 % expect a stable development and 13 % of enterprises expect an increase. Compared with July, the business balance of the expected construction production prices over the next three months decreased by 1 point to 21. A decrease in the price level of their own products is expected by 11 % of respondents, 55 % do not consider any price changes and 34 % assume their increase.


Note: * In August 2021, 399 respondents participated in the survey representing the entire construction sector.
The values of the confidence indicator in construction and the balances range from -100 (responses of all respondents are pessimistic) to 100 (responses of all respondents are optimistic). Confidence indicator and balances on republic level are seasonally adjusted.

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