Construction spending fell 6.9% in 2013, says Ance
About 12,600 companies in sector bankrupt since crisis began17 December, 13:23
That is worse than the 5.6% drop previously forecast, said the Italian construction association Ance.
Since the global economic crisis began in 2008, jobs in construction have fallen by 10.4% with about 480,000 positions lost, according to Ance.
As well, about 12,600 companies - roughly one in four - have fallen into bankruptcy, the group said.