Turnover in the Dutch construction industry rose by more than 7 percent in 2006. This increase was larger than in top year 2002, and the amount of turnover was the highest ever measured.
Strong growth in all branches of construction
After a number of disappointing years, turnover of large and medium-sized companies in the construction sector began to rise again in 2005, and the increase intensified in 2006. Turnover rose in all branches of construction.
Strongest growth for civil engineering
The highest growth rate was for civil engineering companies. Their turnover rose by no less than 10 percent in 2006. Companies in residential and non-residential building construction booked a turnover rise of more than 7 percent in 2006. The turnover in other branches of construction rose by just over 5 percent.
Construction turnover, 12-month moving average
One third of turnover realised in fourth quarter
The strong rise in construction turnover was partly accounted for by a strong increase in the fourth quarter. Turnover of civil engineering companies increased by no less than 13 percent in this period. Nearly one third of total turnover in 2006 was realised in the fourth quarter.
First quarter also above average
The turnover realised in the first quarter of 2006 was also above average. Turnover for the entire construction industry rose by more than 10 percent. For companies in the residential and non-residential building construction branch it rose by more than 12 percent. Turnover did grow in the second and third quarters, but by less than the average for the whole year.
Turnover increase per quarter, 2006
Rian van Gulijk, Wilco de Jong and Ron Duijkers