Building permits by country: the latest data

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The number of building permits is considered a leading macroeconomic indicator as it typically grows a few months ahead of an economic expansion and declines a few months before an economic slowdown. For example, it is one of the leading indicators used by The Conference Board in the U.S., an organization that has tracked the U.S. and the global business cycles for over 100 years. As noted by Eurostat, building permits may overstate actual construction as some of the permits may remain unused. In practice, however, the building permits and actual construction are highly correlated as indicated by Indiana University researchers. They find that construction usually starts right after the granting of a permit so that the lag between issuing the permit and the work is short. When looking at tendencies please note that the building permits indicator is highly volatile. One should look at a few months or quarters to see any trends.

Definition: Building permits are authorizations granted by a government or another regulatory body before the construction of a new building can legally occur.

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value
Change
3 months
Change
12 months
Q3 / 2019
202
4.12%
-6.05%
Dec / 2019
13034
-8.76%
6.85%
Q3 / 2019
19287
7.74%
12.70%
Q3 / 2018
291
-0.34%
29.91%
Oct / 2019
5774
4.75%
19.79%
Dec / 2019
567
17.15%
Q4 / 2019
7477
-17.09%
-36.00%
Dec / 2019
5998
-27.84%
26.65%
Dec / 2019
13973
4.47%
27.92%
Oct / 2019
1359
13.63%
6.25%
Nov / 2019
909
73.14%
56.72%
Dec / 2019
2610
-0.68%
21.74%
Q4 / 2019
4463
-11.20%
-42.53%
Oct / 2019
148
22.31%
18.40%
Q4 / 2019
2096
-16.56%
-1.73%
Q2 / 2019
399
-5.45%
-9.52%
Dec / 2019
404
-43.97%
-17.55%
Dec / 2019
44800
13.42%
18.21%
Nov / 2019
14064
-9.07%
5.78%
Nov / 2019
1779
37.37%
13.46%
Nov / 2019
442
2.79%
-16.29%
Dec / 2019
43
-15.69%
16.22%
Nov / 2019
1046
-5.77%
-8.25%
Q2 / 2018
32790
-2.94%
7.50%
Q3 / 2019
1912
8.70%
5.99%
Q3 / 2019
2191
10.99%
0.09%
Q2 / 2019
13994
7.85%
-1.93%
Dec / 2019
72174
-7.37%
-7.90%
Sep / 2019
1917
48.72%
-13.92%
Q4 / 2019
722
-29.42%
0.98%
Q4 / 2019
2223
6.11%
30.23%
Sep / 2019
114
-36.31%
-0.87%
Q4 / 2019
7
-93.97%
-80.00%
Dec / 2019
286
33.64%
-2.05%
Q4 / 2019
61
38.64%
32.61%
Dec / 2019
1389
7.34%
6.76%
Dec / 2019
2910
-13.06%
22.17%
Dec / 2019
1643
-40.21%
-33.35%
Q3 / 2019
2205
2.94%
-12.98%
Q3 / 2019
28975
-9.67%
-5.43%
Jan / 2020
18370
-33.98%
-10.95%
Dec / 2019
1538
-23.94%
-4.05%
Jan / 2020
286
-33.02%
-11.73%
Dec / 2019
3182
-17.65%
16.39%
Dec / 2019
993
-24.89%
54.91%
Q4 / 2019
2151
-51.50%
-53.57%
Q3 / 2019
5655
22.48%
2.43%
Jan / 2020
221
-19.05%
-24.83%
Jun / 2019
7
-66.67%
-53.33%
Dec / 2019
2665
-9.63%
-12.65%
Dec / 2019
5540
9.27%
-11.47%
Sep / 2019
1082
-32.12%
-44.48%
Q3 / 2019
138
-6.12%
-2.13%
Q4 / 2019
1688
-3.93%
-21.56%
Dec / 2019
14442
26.77%
23.57%
Q4 / 2019
125765
117.99%
-23.83%
Jan / 2020
1551000
6.16%
17.77%
Q3 / 2018
8402
10.44%
Q3 / 2019
39510
1.67%
-11.17%
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