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CEMBUREAU quarterly economic reports:


  • Q4 2015: National account figures revealed that no EU countries experienced recession in 2015. The fastest growing economy in 2015 was Malta (4.9%) followed by Luxembourg (4.7%), while the lowest were Greece (zero growth) and Italy (0.6%).
  • Q3 2015: Real GDP figures for Q3 2015 showed no recession anywhere across the EU, with recovery speeding up in Spain and remaining at rather moderate rates almost everywhere else. However, the macroeconomic picture remains uneven as recovery appears to be uncertain and conditional to many potentially hindering factors, primarily subdued domestic demand in the EU and a slowdown in external demand (i.e. exports), despite a continued depreciation of the Euro, due to a downturn in emerging economies.
  • Q2 2015: the latest CEMBUREAU Quarterly Economic Report highlights that although real GDP has continued to grow in Q2 2015, the momentum has slowed compared to the previous quarter (+0.4% vs +0.5%).  In this respect, business and consumer confidence indicators have fallen slightly in Q2 but have remained steadily above 2014 levels since January 2015.
  • Q1 2015: Latest quarterly figures reveal some economic momentum across Member States as GDP growth gained speed in many EU Member States (MS). However, divergences in economic performances persisted and recovery from the cumulated GDP losses is still lagging behind in some of the MS that were most affected by the subdued economic cycle across the EU since Q4 2008.


  • Q4 2014: Annual GDP figures for 2014 resulting from Q4 data continued to reveal a mixed picture across the EU, but also a clear improvement in general macroeconomic conditions and better economic growth expectations.
  • Q3 2014: The economic slowdown continued in Q3 2014 across the EU. Some improvements in economic performance across EU economies were noted, but these performances continued to diverge amongst Member States.  
  • Q2 2014: The economic cycle bottomed out in Q2 2013 and rose in H2 2013 - yet ongoing austerity measures, deflationary pressures, low consumer and business confidence and slowdown in exports have resulted in rather weak H1 2014 macroeconomic figures. 
  • Q1 2014: Further to the improvement in the macroeconomic and industrial environment that was observed over the second half of 2013, real GDP growth in Q1 2014 remained in positive territory in the EU (0.3%), albeit rather weakly. 


  • Q4 2013: A clear improvement in the macroeconomic and industrial environment was observed across the EU over the second half of 2013, gaining some momentum in Q4 2013.
  • Q3 2013:  The EU economy is expected to stagnate in 2013, following from the 2012 recession of 0.4% (revised, formerly 0.3%) mainly as a result of negative factors which still dominate overall economic developments.
  • Q2 2013: The latest quarterly real GDP data continued to reveal a weak macroeconomic picture in the EU
  • Q1 2013: Further to disappointing quarterly developments throughout 2012, latest actual annual GDP data revealed the weakest macroeconomic picture in the EU since the onset of the economic crisis in 2008.


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World Cement Production by Region
Evolution 2001-2015

Index 2001 = 100 


World Cement Production 2015         
by region and main countries

4.6 billion tonnes

Cement production in CEMBUREAU and
EU 28 countries

Million tonnes



Evolution of cement consumption in       
CEMBUREAU countries

Var 2015/2014




Million tonnes




Construction in Europe
Breakdown in 2015

Billion euro: 1 370