Private building activity up 9.5 pct in August

Private building activity grew 9.5 pct in volume in August this year, despite a decline in the number of building permits issued in the month, Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said on Monday.

The statistics service, in a monthly report said building activity fell 5.3 pct in permits and 4.3 pct in surface but grew 9.5 pct in volume compared with August 2016.

At the end of the eight-month period, private building activity was up 9.8 pct in permits, 18.7 pct in surface and 19.4 pct in volume compared with the corresponding period last year.