In the 2nd quarter of 2020, there were 5.0 thousand licensed buildings which corresponded to a 14.7% decrease in comparison with the same period of the previous year (-5.5% in the 1st quarter of 2020). Building permits for new constructions decreased by 12.0% and rehabilitation permits declined by 21.6% (-2.2% and -11.2% respectively, in the 1st quarter of 2020). Completed buildings decreased by 2.8% (+32.2% in the 1st quarter of 2020) with a total of 3.4 thousand buildings.
When compared to the previous quarter, the number of building permits decreased by 16.0% (+2.4% in the 1st quarter of 2020), and the number of completed buildings declined by 21.9% (+11.5% in the 1st quarter of 2020).
When analysing monthly data, building permits have been recording a downward trend in year-on-year terms from January to May 2020, with a reversal in June (+7.5%) and July (+2.8%).
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