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In March 2012, manufacturing output increased (+1.4 %)

In March 2012, manufacturing output strongly increased in volume (+1.4 %). It had decreased in February (-0.9 %).

Output decreased in total industry (-0.9 %) because energy consumption had soared in February with the cold spell.

During the last quarter, manufacturing output decreased (-0.5 %)…

During the last quarter (quarter-on-quarter change), output decreased in the manufacturing sector (-0.5 %) and was almost stable in the industry as a whole (-0.1 %).

Output decreased in the “other manufacturing” (-0.3 %), in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment (-0.7 %) and in the manufacture of transport equipment (-0.6 %).

The huge decrease in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (-14.3 %) is due to the closing of refineries for maintenance.

…and was lower than its last year’s level by 1.  7%

Manufacturing output decreased by 1.7 % (y-o-y).

It decreased in the “other manufacturing“ (-2.0 %), in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment and machine equipment (-1.7 %) and in the manufacture of transport equipment (-0.6 %). It strongly decreased in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (-18.4 %), due to the closing of the refinery of Petite-Couronne.

Please note: all the series are adjusted for seasonal variations (SA) and the number of working days (WDA).

Monthly industrial Production indexes

Monthly industrial Production indexes

Sources : Insee, SSP, SOeS

Variation of the Industrial Production by activity (NA)
2005 based, SA-WDA changes in %
(1) Last three months / three same months of previous year
The codes correspond to the level of aggregation A 10 (A 17) of the "NA" aggregate classification based on NAF rev.2.
Sources : INSEE, SSP, SOeS
NA : A10, (A17) March / Feb. Feb. / Jan. Quarter on quarter change Year on year change (1)
BE: INDUSTRY –0.9 0.9 –0.1 –1.4
CZ: MANUFACTURING 1.4 –0.9 –0.5 –1.7
(C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages 0.4 0.7 –0.1 0.5
(C2): Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products 3.4 –5.1 –14.3 –18.4
(C3): Electrical and electronic equipment; machine equipment 1.1 –2.5 –0.7 –1.7
(C4): Manufacture of transport equipment 0.7 1.6 –0.6 –0.6
(C5): Other manufacturing 2.0 –1.3 –0.3 –2.0
(DE): Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management –14.2 12.4 3.5 1.3
FZ: Construction 17.8 –15.7 –4.6 –5.0
Variation of the Industrial Production
2005 based, SA-WDA changes in %
(1) n.e.c. : not elsewhere classifiable
(2) Main industrial groupings : definition in Commission regulation EC of 14 June 2007
Sources : Insee, SSP, SOeS
NA : A10, (A17), [A38 or A64] March 2012 March / Feb. Feb. / Jan. Quarter on quarter change
BE: INDUSTRY 91.9 –0.9 0.9 –0.1
CZ: MANUFACTURING 92.1 1.4 –0.9 –0.5
(C1): Man. of food products and beverages 105.7 0.4 0.7 –0.1
(C2): Man. of coke and refined petroleum products 66.8 3.4 –5.1 –14.3
(C3): Electrical and electronic equipment; machine equipment 91.6 1.1 –2.5 –0.7
[CI] Man. of computer, electronic and optical products 98.2 2.0 –2.6 3.5
[CJ] Man. of electrical equipment 98.5 1.3 –4.5 –4.0
[CK] Man. of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (1) 82.9 0.2 –0.8 –1.6
(C4): Man. of transport equipment 88.3 0.7 1.6 –0.6
[CL1] Man. of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers 67.1 –2.8 1.5 –1.9
[CL2] Man. of other transport equipment 131.6 4.7 1.6 0.9
(C5): Other manufacturing 90.8 2.0 –1.3 –0.3
[CB] Man. of textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products 57.9 0.7 –2.7 0.5
[CC] Man. of wood and paper products; printing and reproduction of recorded media 76.9 2.0 0.3 –0.5
[CE] Man. of chemicals and chemical products 112.9 0.7 –2.1 3.6
[CF] Man. of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 111.2 –0.3 0.0 –0.3
[CG] Man. of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products 88.5 7.1 –6.9 –2.1
[CH] Man. of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment 81.0 1.5 –1.7 –0.2
[CM] Other manufacturing; repair and installation of machinery and equipment 106.3 0.4 4.9 –1.3
(DE): Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 91.0 –14.2 12.4 3.5
[BZ] Mining and quarrying 88.4 22.9 –21.2 –7.5
[DZ] Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply 89.1 –18.2 16.7 4.4
[EZ] Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation 110.1 2.3 0.5 3.1
FZ: Construction 97.1 17.8 –15.7 –4.6
MIGs (2)
Capital goods 92.5 0.8 1.7 –0.4
Intermediate goods 87.2 3.7 –4.5 –0.5
Consumer durables 80.7 –0.7 –0.9 –1.7
Consumer non-durables 102.7 0.1 0.5 –0.1

Output increased in the « other manufacturing » (+2.0 %)…

Output recovered in the manufacture of rubber and plastics products (+7.1 %), after a huge decrease in February due to the cold spell. It increased in the manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products (+1.5 %), in the manufacture of wood and paper products; printing and reproduction of record media (+2.0 %), in the manufacture of chemicals and chemical products (+0.7 %) and in the other manufacturing, repair and installation of machinery and equipment (+0.4 %).

… in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment, machine equipment (+1.1 %)…

Output increased in the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products (+2.0 %), in the manufacture of electrical equipment (+1.3 %) and moderately in the manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (+0.2 %).

… as well as in the manufacture of transport equipment (+0.7 %)

Output strongly increased in the manufacture of other transport equipment (+4.7 %), though it decreased in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (-2.8 %).

Revisions: +0.33 point in February

Measure of variations’ revisions
(in point %)
Note of reading : in the manufacturing, the SA-WDA evolution between January and February is revised by 0.33 point : 0.34 is due to the raw serie's revision and -0.01 to the new calculation of the SA-WDA.
Sources : Insee, SSP, SOeS
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Feb. / Jan. Jan. / Dec. Dec. / Nov. Q4 2011 / Q3 2011 2011 / 2010
Industry (BE) 0.54 0.00 0.11 –0.03 0.03
raw serie 0.32 0.00 0.00 –0.01 0.05
SA-WDA coefficient 0.22 0.00 0.11 –0.02 –0.02
Manufacturing (CZ) 0.33 0.11 0.22 0.00 –0.01
raw serie 0.34 0.11 0.10 –0.04 –0.01
SA-WDA coefficient –0.01 0.00 0.12 0.04 0.00

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Industrial production index - March 2012

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