In January 2018, manufacturing output decreased (−1.1%)Industrial production index - January 2018

In January 2018, output diminished sharply in the manufacturing industry (−1.1% after −0.1%) as well as in the whole industry (−2.0% after +0.2%).

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No 60
Paru le : 09/03/2018
Prochaine parution le : 10/07/2018 at 08:45 - May 2018

Please note: in accordance with European directives, the industrial production indices use 2015 as base and reference year from this publication. The industrial production indices also switch from a fixed base index to an annual chained-linked index.

In January 2018, output diminished sharply in the manufacturing industry (−1.1% after −0.1%) as well as in the whole industry (−2.0% after +0.2%).

Manufacturing increased slightly over the last three months (+0.3%)

Output increased slightly by 0.3% over the last three months both in the manufacturing industry and in the overall industry.

Output went up in the manufacture of transport equipment (+1.2%) and in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (+1.2%). It grew slightly in “other manufacturing” (+0.2%) and increased in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+0.9%). Conversely, it decreased in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−1.3%). It was stable in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply.

Over a year, manufacturing output grew markedly (+3.6%)

Manufacturing output of the last three months grew markedly compared to the same months of the previous year (+3.6%), as well as in the whole industry (+2.5%).

Over a year, output grew strongly in “other manufacturing” (+3.1%), in the manufacture of transport equipment (+8.9%) and in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (+5.4%). On the contrary, it diminished sharply in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (−3.0%), in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−1.0%) and in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−4.0%).

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

2015 based, SA-WDA changes in %
Variation in the Industrial Production
NA: A10, (A17) Jan. / Dec. Dec. / Nov. Q-o-Q change (1) Year-on-year change (2)
BE: INDUSTRY –2.0 0.2 0.3 2.5
CZ: Manufacturing –1.1 –0.1 0.3 3.6
(C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages 1.4 –1.5 –1.3 –1.0
(C2): Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products –0.8 0.3 0.9 –4.0
(C3): Machinery and equipment goods 1.4 1.4 1.2 5.4
(C4): Manufacture of transport equipment –0.2 –2.3 1.2 8.9
(C5): Other manufacturing –2.7 0.4 0.2 3.1
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management –6.7 2.0 0.0 –3.0
FZ: CONSTRUCTION –7.6 5.2 0.6 2.7
  • (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

2015 based, SA-WDA changes in %
Variation in the Industrial Production
NA: A10, (A17), [A38 or A64] Jan. 2018 Jan. / Dec. Dec. / Nov. Quarter-on-quarter change
BE: INDUSTRY 102.8 –2.0 0.2 0.3
CZ: Manufacturing 104.0 –1.1 –0.1 0.3
(C1): Man. of food products and beverages 97.9 1.4 –1.5 –1.3
(C2): Man. of coke and refined petroleum products 99.1 –0.8 0.3 0.9
(C3): Machinery and equipment goods 107.7 1.4 1.4 1.2
[CI] Man. of computer, electronic and optical products 113.3 –0.6 3.5 2.5
[CJ] Man. of electrical equipment 101.2 0.2 3.0 3.0
[CK] Man. of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (1) 106.2 4.2 –1.6 –1.0
(C4): Man. of transport equipment 114.1 –0.2 –2.3 1.2
[CL1] Man. of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers 116.2 –1.9 1.1 1.9
[CL2] Man. of other transport equipment 112.4 1.3 –4.9 0.6
(C5): Other manufacturing 102.3 –2.7 0.4 0.2
[CB] Man. of textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products 94.6 –4.0 –1.7 1.6
[CC] Man. of wood and paper products; printing and reproduction of recorded media 101.6 –2.6 3.0 1.0
[CE] Man. of chemicals and chemical products 105.9 –2.3 0.0 –2.7
[CF] Man. of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 102.7 –5.1 –3.2 2.8
[CG] Man. of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products 106.1 –2.4 –0.2 0.2
[CH] Man. of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment 104.8 –2.1 3.6 1.5
[CM] Other manufacturing; repair and installation of machinery and equipment 96.6 –2.3 –0.5 –0.4
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 95.8 –6.7 2.0 0.0
[BZ] Mining and quarrying 98.8 –8.5 2.4 2.9
[DZ] Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply 95.6 –7.3 2.3 –0.3
[EZ] Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation 96.7 0.7 –1.7 0.9
FZ: CONSTRUCTION 100.0 –7.6 5.2 0.6
MIGs (2)
Capital goods 107.3 0.0 –1.0 0.6
Intermediate goods 103.4 –2.0 1.3 –0.3
Consumer durables 106.2 –3.3 3.8 4.8
Consumer non-durables 100.0 –1.8 –1.1 0.5
Energy 95.9 –6.2 1.9 –0.1
  • (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 January, output dropped sharply in “other manufacturing” (−2.7% after +0.4%)

Output went down in all branches. It decreased sharply in pharmaceuticals (−5.1%), in “other manufacturing” (−2.3%), in the manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products (−2.1%), in chemicals (−2.3%), in the manufacture of rubber and plastics products and other non-metallic mineral products (−2.4%) and in that of wood, paper and printing industries (−2.6%). Finally, it also fell sharply in textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products (−4.0%).

Output slipped back markedly in mining and quarrying; energy; water supply (−6.7% after +2.0%)

After a rise in December (+2.3%), output went down in electricity, gas (−7.3%) because of mild temperatures in January.

Output decreased slightly in the manufacture of transport equipment (−0.2% after −2.3%)

Output slipped back in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (−1.9% after +1.1%). Conversely, it bounced back in the manufacture of other transport equipment (+1.3% after −4.9%).

Output slipped back in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−0.8% after +0.3%)

Output went down in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−0.8%) after a slight increase in December (+0.3%).

Output grew again in machinery and equipment goods (+1.4% after +1.4%)

Output rebounded sharply in the manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (+4.2%). It grew slightly in the manufacture of electrical equipment (+0.2%). Conversely, it fell in the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products (−0.6%).

Output bounced back in the manufacture of food products and beverages (+1.4% after −1.5%)

Output recovered in the manufacture of food products and beverages (+1.4% after −1.5%) due to an increase in the manufacture of other food products and in that of beverages.

Rebasing 2015

From now on, the average of the industrial production indices is set to 100 in 2015. Moreover, a significant methodological change has been introduced, as the indices switched from a fixed-base index to a chain-linked index. This change aims at enhancing the relevance of the indices over a long period. Because of the weights updating, indices are also revised on recent periods. This methodological change is described in further details in the methodological documentation.