In November 2019 compared with October 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.7% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.1% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October 2019, production in construction fell by 0.5% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28.
The euro area annual inflation rate was 1.3% in December 2019, up from 1.0% in November. A year earlier, the rate was 1.5%. European Union annual inflation was 1.6% in December 2019, up from 1.3% in November. A year earlier, the rate was 1.6%. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In 2019, 44% of EU citizens aged between 16 to 74 claimed to have limited their private internet activities in the last 12 months due to security concerns.
House prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 4.1% in both the euro area and the EU in the third quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in November 2019 was €197.7 billion, a decrease of 2.9% compared with November 2018 (€203.7 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €177.0 bn, a fall of 4.6% compared with November 2018 (€185.5 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €20.7 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in November 2019, compared with +€18.2 bn in November 2018. Intra-euro area trade fell to €166.0 bn in November 2019, down by 3.8% compared with November 2018.
In November 2019 compared with October 2019, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19) and fell by 0.1% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October 2019, industrial production fell by 0.9% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU28.
In the third quarter of 2019, the business investment rate was 23.7% in the euro area, compared with 25.5% in the previous quarter.
The household saving rate in the euro area was 13.0% in the third quarter of 2019, compared with 13.1% in the second quarter of 2019.
In 2019, 93% of EU enterprises with 10 or more persons employed used at least one ICT security measure, control or procedure in order to ensure integrity, authenticity, availability and confidentiality of data and ICT systems. One in three enterprises (34%) reported having documents on measures, practices or procedures on ICT security. 62% of enterprises made staff aware of their obligations in ICT security related issues. One in four enterprises (24%) was insured against ICT security incidents.
The EU28 seasonally adjusted current account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of €69.4 billion (1.7% of GDP) in the third quarter of 2019. up from a surplus of €43.5 billion (1.1% of GDP) in the second quarter of 2019 and from a surplus of €42.0 billion (1.1% of GDP) in the third quarter of 2018. according to estimates released by Eurostat. the statistical office of the European Union.