Automotive industry: upturn in production in 2014
In 2014, production by the automotive industry in volume picked up (+3%) as a result of an upturn in demand. Foreign trade was also more dynamic but the external trade deficit worsened slightly, by -2.9 billion euros in value. Salaried jobs continued to decline. In 2013, the automotive industry generated a turnover of 102 billion euros and employed 226,000 payroll workers. It contributed 7% of value added in manufacturing industries. The margin rate improved, despite remaining in decline.