Construction: many orders, little material

Released on 25.10. 2021

  • The lack of material continues to cause problems for the building trade. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte

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The construction companies in Germany have full order books, but at the same time struggle with the lack of material. For the future, the lobby is demanding demand impulses from politics. 2021

Wiesbaden (dpa) – Notwithstanding the sharp rise in construction prices, the German construction industry received a large number of orders in August. In terms of value 18, the orders were 9 percent above the same month last year, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office.

Adjusted for calendar effects and the sharp price increases, there was still a real plus of 5.7 percent. Compared to July 2021, orders climbed by 7.3 percent, even if calendar and seasonal effects as well as price developments are factored out.

The continuing shortage of materials continues to slow down companies, said the general manager of the construction industry association, Tim-Oliver Müller. Since the orders could only be processed slowly, there was a price-adjusted sales decline of 2.9 percent in August. In nominal terms, however, revenues climbed by 6.8 percent compared to the same month of the previous year.

The Central Association of the Building Industry referred to weak base values ​​from the Corona year 2020 to at least partially explain the sharp rise in demand. Commercial companies in particular ordered more construction work than in the previous year, while public customers held back.

The general manager of the ZDB, Felix Pakleppa, demanded impetus from the construction industry in the negotiations on the traffic light coalition. The construction industry is ready to tackle – whether with the renewal of the infrastructure or the energetic renovation of the building stock.

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