German Housing Construction Sector Cancellations Hit New High
TEHRAN (FNA)- The crisis facing Germany's residential construction sector, triggered by high credit and material costs, intensified in August, with the number of companies reporting cancelled projects at a new high, according to a survey published on Tuesday.
One in five companies - 20.7% - reported cancelled projects in August, up from 18.9% the previous month, according to the Munich-based Ifo economic institute, Reuters reported.
"Residential construction cancellations are piling up to a new high. We haven't seen anything comparable to this since the survey began in 1991," said Ifo head of surveys Klaus Wohlrabe.
Many projects that were still profitable in early 2022 are no longer viable due to the rapid rise in construction costs and much higher interest rates, as well as the scaling-back of subsidies because of tighter energy regulations, said Wohlrabe.
An increasing number of firms are facing difficulties, with 44.2% of companies reporting a lack of orders in August, versus 13.8% at the same time last year, said Ifo.
"Some businesses are already struggling to keep their heads above water," said Wohlrabe, adding that nearly 12% of companies in the sector are reporting that they face financing difficulties, the highest proportion in more than 30 years.
A majority of companies fear further declines in business in the coming six months, according to Ifo.
"The uncertainty in the market is huge," said Wohlrabe.