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In August 2017, manufacturing output slipped back slightly (−0.4%)Industrial production index - August 2017

In August 2017, output slipped back slightly in the manufacturing industry (−0.4% after +0.6% in July) as well as in the whole industry (−0.3% after +0.8%).

Informations rapides N° 267
No 267
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Paru le : 10/10/2017
Prochaine parution le : 09/11/2018 at 08:45 - September 2018

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 August 2017, output slipped back slightly in the manufacturing industry (−0.4% after +0.6% in July) as well as in the whole industry (−0.3% after +0.8%).

Manufacturing output was virtually stable over the last three months (+0.1%)

Over the last three months, manufacturing output remained virtually stable in the manufacturing industry (+0.1%). It went up slightly in the overall industry (+0.2%).

Output grew markedly in the manufacture of transport equipment (+2.6%). It increased in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (+0.5%) and remained almost unchanged in “other manufacturing” (+0.1%). It jumped in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+5.2%). Conversely, it decreased in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (−1.5%) as well as in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−0.4%).

Over a year, manufacturing output expanded sharply (+2.7%)

Manufacturing output of the last three months increased markedly compared to the same months of 2016 (+2.7%). It also grew sharply in the whole industry (+2.4%).

Over a year, output grew in all branches. It rose markedly in “other manufacturing” (+1.9%), in the manufacture of transport equipment (+7.4%), in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (+3.2%) and more moderately in the manufacture of food products and beverages (+1.2%). It soared in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+11.2%). It remained virtually stable in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (+0.1%).

Graphique1a – Monthly Industrial Production Indices

  • Legend: CZ: Manufacturing - (C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages - (C3): Machinery and equipment goods - (C4): Manufacture of transport equipment - (C5): Other manufacturing
  • Sources: INSEE, SSP, SDES

Tableau1a – Variation in the Industrial Production

2010 based, SA-WDA changes in %
Variation in the Industrial Production
NA : A10, (A17) Aug. / July July / June Q-o-Q change (1) Year-on-year change (2)
BE: INDUSTRY –0.3 0.8 0.2 2.4
CZ: Manufacturing –0.4 0.6 0.1 2.7
(C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages 0.4 –0.3 –0.4 1.2
(C2): Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products 0.1 –5.1 5.2 11.2
(C3): Machinery and equipment goods –1.4 1.3 –1.5 3.2
(C4): Manufacture of transport equipment 5.9 2.9 2.6 7.4
(C5): Other manufacturing –1.8 0.2 0.1 1.9
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 0.0 2.0 0.5 0.1
FZ: CONSTRUCTION 0.1 0.4 0.5 2.2
  • (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, SDES

Tableau2a – Variation in the Industrial Production

2010 based, SA-WDA changes in %
Variation in the Industrial Production
NA : A10, (A17), [A38 or A64] Aug. 2017 Aug. / July July / June Quarter-on-quarter change
BE: INDUSTRY 103.0 –0.3 0.8 0.2
CZ: Manufacturing 104.2 –0.4 0.6 0.1
(C1): Man. of food products and beverages 101.3 0.4 –0.3 –0.4
(C2): Man. of coke and refined petroleum products 87.7 0.1 –5.1 5.2
(C3): Machinery and equipment goods 102.4 –1.4 1.3 –1.5
[CI] Man. of computer, electronic and optical products 109.9 –2.9 1.0 0.0
[CJ] Man. of electrical equipment 85.5 –1.7 0.1 –2.4
[CK] Man. of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (1) 104.8 0.4 2.2 –2.7
(C4): Man. of transport equipment 124.6 5.9 2.9 2.6
[CL1] Man. of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers 105.0 –2.7 2.1 1.0
[CL2] Man. of other transport equipment 144.0 13.1 3.6 3.9
(C5): Other manufacturing 101.6 –1.8 0.2 0.1
[CB] Man. of textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products 89.2 0.6 –0.1 –1.1
[CC] Man. of wood and paper products; printing and reproduction of recorded media 87.3 0.8 –0.8 0.0
[CE] Man. of chemicals and chemical products 124.8 1.2 –0.6 0.0
[CF] Man. of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 105.9 –13.2 0.0 –0.2
[CG] Man. of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products 101.1 –1.8 2.1 0.2
[CH] Man. of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment 98.8 0.7 0.7 0.7
[CM] Other manufacturing; repair and installation of machinery and equipment 97.6 –0.7 –0.4 –0.2
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 95.8 0.0 2.0 0.5
[BZ] Mining and quarrying 93.5 –2.2 2.8 –1.3
[DZ] Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply 95.4 –0.2 3.3 1.0
[EZ] Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation 100.9 3.5 –7.9 –2.4
FZ: CONSTRUCTION 89.9 0.1 0.4 0.5
MIGs (2)
Capital goods 107.7 1.6 1.1 0.2
Intermediate goods 101.6 0.1 0.5 0.3
Consumer durables 107.6 –6.2 8.8 1.5
Consumer non-durables 102.9 –3.3 –0.4 –0.4
Energy 95.1 0.2 1.5 0.8
  • (1) n.e.c. : not elsewhere classifiable
  • (2) Main industrial groupings: definition in Commission regulation EC of 14 June 2007
  • Sources: INSEE, SSP, SDES

In August, output fell back sharply in “other manufacturing” (−1.8% after +0.2%)

Output tumbled in pharmaceuticals (−13.2%). It slipped back in the manufacture of rubber and plastics products and other non-metallic mineral products (−1.8%) and decreased again in other manufacturing; repair and installation of machinery and equipment (−0.7%). Conversely, it bounced back in chemicals (+1.2%) and went up again in the manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products (+0.7%). It recovered in wood, paper and printing industries (+0.8%) and in textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products (+0.6%).

It slipped back in machinery and equipment goods (−1.4% after +1.3%)

Output dropped sharply in the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products (−2.9% after +1.0%) and in the manufacture of electrical equipment (−1.7% after +0.1%). Conversely, it went up again in the manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (+0.4% after +2.2%).

Output intensified in the manufacture of transport equipment (+5.9% after +2.9%)

Output accelerated in the manufacture of other transport equipment (+13.1% after +3.6%). By contrast, it fell back sharply in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (−2.7% after +2.1%).

Output recovered in the manufacture of food products and beverages (+0.4% after −0.3%)

Output rose in the manufacture of food products and beverages (+0.4% after −0.3%), due to an increase in the manufacture of other food products.

Output remained stable in mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management (after +2.0%)

Output recovered in water supply; sewerage, waste management an remediation (+3.5%). Conversely, it fell back in electricity, gas (−0.2%) and in mining and quarrying (−2.2%).

Output was virtually stable in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+0.1% after −5.1%)

Output was almost unchanged (+0.1%), after a sharp rise in July (+5.1%).

Tableau3a – Revision of variations

(in percentage point)
Revision of variations
July / June June / May May / April Q2 2017 / Q1 2017 2016 / 2015
Industry (BE) 0.29 –0.08 –0.10 –0.01 –0.02
raw serie 0.25 –0.01 0.03 –0.03 –0.01
SA-WDA parameters 0.04 –0.07 –0.13 0.02 –0.01
Manufacturing (CZ) 0.35 –0.10 –0.12 –0.01 –0.02
raw serie 0.29 –0.03 0.02 –0.04 –0.01
SA-WDA parameters 0.06 –0.07 –0.14 0.03 –0.01
  • How to read it: in the manufacturing sector, the SA-WDA variation between June 2017 and July 2017 is revised by +0.35 points, +0.29 points are due to the revision of the raw series and +0.06 points to the updating of the SA-WDA parameters.
  • Sources: INSEE, SSP, SDES