Building activity (private and state) grew 4.4 pct in permits and 17.6 pct in volume in May compared with the same month last year, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Friday.

ELSTAT said that the number of private building permits issued totaled 1,310 in May, up 4.4 pct, while in volume the increase was 13.8 pct compared with May 2017. A total of 8 permits were issued for state activity.

In the June 2017-May 2018 period, the size of total building activity based on permits issued totaled 14,177 permits, up 4.8 pct compared with the same period in 2017-2016. Volume was up 16.7 pct. Private building activity was up 4.8 pct in permits and 14.5 pct in volume in the 12-month period.

In the five-month period from January to May 2018, building activity was up 5.3 pct in permits and 12.9 pct in volume, with private building activity up 5.1 pct in permits and 11.0 pct in volume, compared with the same period in 2017.