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In March 2016, manufacturing output decreased again (-0.9%)

Please note: all the series are seasonally (SA) and working-day adjusted (WDA).

The commentary shows variations of subsections by decreasing contribution. The contribution of a subsection depends on the extent of the change and on its weight.

In March 2016, output decreased sharply again in the manufacturing industry (-0.9% after -1.4% in February), and more moderately in the whole industry (-0.3% after -1.3%).

Manufacturing output diminished over Q1 2016 (-0.7%)

Over the first quarter of 2016, output diminished in the manufacturing industry (-0.7% q-o-q) as well as in the overall industry (-0.6%), compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

Output decreased in most major manufacturing branches. It declined in other manufacturing (-1.0%), and even more in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment; machine equipment (-3.3%). It dipped in the manufacture of food products and beverages (-0.4%), and dropped significantly in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (-5.4%). Conversely, output jumped in the manufacture of transport equipment (+3.8%). In the mining and quarrying; energy; water supply industry it rose slightly (+0.3%).

Over the year, manufacturing output increased (+0.9%)

Manufacturing output of the first quarter of 2016 improved compared to the first quarter of 2015 (+0.9%, y-o-y); so did overall industrial output (+0.5% y-o-y).

Over the year, manufacturing output grew sharply in the manufacture of transport equipment (+3.9%), and to a lesser extent in other manufacturing (+0.7%) and in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment (+1.0%). Conversely, it dropped in mining and quarrying; energy; water supply (-2.4%) and plummeted in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (-8.5%). It was virtually stable in the manufacture of food products and beverages (-0.1%).

Monthly Industrial Production Indices

Monthly Industrial Production Indices

Legend: CZ: Manufacturing - (C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages - (C3): Electrical and electronic equipment; machine equipment - (C4): Manufacture of transport equipment - (C5): Other manufacturing

Sources: INSEE, SSP, SOeS

Variation of the Industrial Production
2010 based, SA-WDA changes in %
(1) Last three months / previous three months
(2) Last three months / same three months of previous year
The codes correspond to the level of aggregation A 10 (A 17) of the "NA" aggregated classification based on the French classification of activities NAF rev.2.
Sources: INSEE, SSP, SOeS
NA : A10, (A17) March / Feb. Feb. / Jan. Q-o-Q change (1) Year on year change (2)
BE: INDUSTRY –0.3 –1.3 –0.6 0.5
CZ: Manufacturing –0.9 –1.4 –0.7 0.9
(C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages –1.0 1.0 –0.4 –0.1
(C2): Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products 1.8 –3.9 –5.4 –8.5
(C3): Electrical and electronic equipment; machine equipment –1.8 –0.3 –3.3 1.0
(C4): Manufacture of transport equipment –0.7 –2.3 3.8 3.9
(C5): Other manufacturing –0.7 –2.0 –1.0 0.7
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 3.7 –1.1 0.3 –2.4
FZ: CONSTRUCTION 1.2 –4.9 –0.6 –2.2
Variation of the Industrial Production
2010 based, SA-WDA changes in %
(1) n.e.c. : not elsewhere classifiable
(2) Main industrial groupings: definition in Commission regulation EC of June 14th 2007
Sources: INSEE, SSP, SOeS
NA : A10, (A17), [A38 ou A64] March 2016 March / Feb. Feb. / Jan. Quarter on quarter change
BE: INDUSTRY 100.7 –0.3 –1.3 –0.6
CZ: Manufacturing 101.2 –0.9 –1.4 –0.7
(C1): Man. of food products and beverages 101.1 –1.0 1.0 –0.4
(C2): Man. of coke and refined petroleum products 85.8 1.8 –3.9 –5.4
(C3): Electrical and electronic equipment; machine equipment 97.4 –1.8 –0.3 –3.3
[CI] Man. of computer, electronic and optical products 100.2 –0.5 0.3 –5.5
[CJ] Man. of electrical equipment 87.1 –0.8 –1.1 0.8
[CK] Man. of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (1) 100.7 –3.7 –0.4 –3.0
(C4): Man. of transport equipment 111.3 –0.7 –2.3 3.8
[CL1] Man. of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers 98.6 –3.1 2.3 1.8
[CL2] Man. of other transport equipment 123.9 1.3 –5.9 5.4
(C5): Other manufacturing 100.4 –0.7 –2.0 –1.0
[CB] Man. of textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products 93.1 –3.4 2.2 –0.5
[CC] Man. of wood and paper products; printing and reproduction of recorded media 86.6 –1.2 –1.4 –0.5
[CE] Man. of chemicals and chemical products 112.8 –3.2 –1.5 –0.1
[CF] Man. of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 110.0 2.7 –5.8 –4.9
[CG] Man. of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products 97.5 0.0 –1.3 1.3
[CH] Man. of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment 93.2 –1.7 –2.0 –1.3
[CM] Other manufacturing; repair and installation of machinery and equipment 104.5 0.0 –1.8 –1.1
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 97.4 3.7 –1.1 0.3
[BZ] Mining and quarrying 87.8 –3.3 –2.0 –3.1
[DZ] Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply 97.6 5.0 –0.8 0.9
[EZ] Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation 102.3 –1.8 –2.9 –2.2
FZ: CONSTRUCTION 85.1 1.2 –4.9 –0.6
MIGs (2)
Capital goods 103.6 –1.3 –1.8 –0.1
Intermediate goods 97.0 –1.2 –1.0 –0.7
Consumer durables 101.6 0.2 –0.9 –5.6
Consumer non-durables 103.6 –0.3 –1.2 –1.2
Energy 97.1 4.0 –1.2 0.2

In March 2016, output went down further in “other manufacturing” (-0.7% after -2.0%)

Output declined significantly in many branches within “other manufacturing”: in chemicals (-3.2%), in the manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment (-1.7%), in the manufacture of textiles, wearing apparel (-3.4%) and in the manufacture of wood and paper products; printing and reproduction of recorded media (-1.2%). Conversely, it recovered in pharmaceuticals (+2.7% after -5.8%). It was steady in the remaining branches of “other manufacturing”.

Output deteriorated in the electrical and electronic equipment; machine equipment (-1.8% after -0.3%)

Output tumbled in the manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (-3.7%), and slid in the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products (-0.5%) and in the manufacture of electrical equipment (-0.8%).

Output fell back in the manufacture of food products and beverages (-1.0% after +1.0%)

Output shrank in the manufacture of food products and beverages (-1.0% after +1.0%), in particular in the processing and preparation of meat.

Output decreased again in the manufacture of transport equipment (-0.7% after -2.3%)

Output fell back sharply in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (-3.1% after +2.3%). However, it picked up in the manufacture of other transport equipment (+1.3%) after a marked fall in February (-5.9%).

Output bounced back in mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management (+3.7% after -1.1%)

Output regained momentum in electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply (+5.0 after -0.8%) due to cool temperatures in March.

Output recovered in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+1.8% after -3.9%)

Output rebounded in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+1.8%) after a sharp downturn in February (-3.9%).

Revisions for January 2016

Measure of variations' revisions
(in point %)
How to read it: in the manufacturing sector, the SA-WDA variation between January 2016 and February 2016 has been revised downwards by -0.41 points, -0.40 due to the revision of the raw series and -0.01 to the new calculation of the SA-WDA parameters.
Sources: INSEE, SSP, SOeS
Feb. / Jan. Jan. / Dec. Dec. / Nov. Q4 2015 / Q3 2015 2015 / 2014
Industry (BE) –0.30 0.15 –0.09 –0.05 0.01
raw serie –0.32 0.20 –0.17 0.01 0.01
SA-WDA coefficient 0.02 –0.05 0.08 –0.06 0.00
Manufacturing (CZ) –0.41 0.14 –0.09 –0.05 0.02
raw serie –0.40 0.23 –0.20 0.01 0.01
SA-WDA coefficient –0.01 –0.09 0.11 –0.06 0.01

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