Building activity up 16.7 pct in the first quarter of 2017

Private building activity soared 71 pct in March this year, reflecting new building permits for sport facilities, farm and industrial buildings, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Monday.

The statistics service, in a report, said building permits issued in March totaled 1,335, up 25.1 pct in numbers and 71 pct in volume, compared with the same month last year.

Building activity grew 11.5 pct in the first quarter of 2017 (number of building permits) and 16.7 pct (volume), compared with the corresponding period last year.