In the 3rd quarter of 2020, there were 5.9 thousand licensed buildings which corresponded to a 2.8% increase in comparison with the same period of the previous year (-13.8% in the 2nd quarter of 2020). Building permits for new constructions increased by 5.0% while renovation permits declined by 3.9% (-9.9% and -24.8% respectively, in the 2nd quarter of 2020). Completed buildings increased by 1.5% (-2.8% in the 2nd quarter of 2020) amounting to 3.7 thousand buildings.
When compared to the previous quarter, the number of building permits grew by 17.1% (-16.4% in the 2nd quarter of 2020) and the number of completed buildings increased by 9.0% (-21.9% in the 2nd quarter of 2020).
When analysing monthly data, building permits, after recording increases in year-on-year terms from June to August, reversed this trend in September and October, decreasing by 2.7% and by 13.4% in the same order.
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