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Eurozone construction activity continues to grow in November 2019

Eurozone construction growth remained subdued during November, as a renewed drop in Italian activity almost offset growth in Germany while French construction activity was broadly unchanged.

Manufacturing Index improves in November 2019, but signals ongoing contraction

November saw the continued contraction of the euro area manufacturing economy, albeit at the slowest rate for three months.

European sectors in November 2019 – decline in construction

The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) of the construction & engineering sector shows a ligth decline in November 2019.   Further information: Markit Eurozone Sector PMI November 2019

Industrial production down by 0.5% in euro area

In October 2019 compared with September 2019, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.4% in the EU28.

DIY: Expansion in growth markets attractive for trade

“The faltering economy in home markets makes it attractive for the retail trade to invest in global growth markets.”

The Dutch and Brits like DIY the least of all

The trend from do-it-yourself to do-it-for-me is once again confirmed by the European Home Improvement Monitor.

Policy decoded: The Machinery Directive and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Machinery Directive is the core piece of EU legislation for the mechanical engineering industry: it promotes the free movement of machinery within the Internal Market, while setting out the ‘Essential Health and Safety Requirements’ to be observed when placing

September 2019: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €18.7 bn

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in September 2019 was €196.2 billion, an increase of 5.2% compared with September 2018 (€186.5 bn).

October 2019: Annual inflation down to 0.7% in the euro area

The euro area annual inflation rate was 0.7% in October 2019, down from 0.8% in September.

September 2019: Production in construction up by 0.7% in euro area

In September 2019 compared with August 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.7% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.3% in the EU28.

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