7 May 2020
N° 2020-117

In March 2020, manufacturing output plummeted (−18.2%)Industrial production index - March 2020

In March 2020, output slumped in the manufacturing industry (−18.2%, after +0.9%), as well as in the whole industry (−16.2%, after +0.8%).

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Informations rapides  No 117 - May 2020
Please note:

Given the context of the general lockdown since 17 March, response rates for business survey about March 2020 (collected during April) are lower than usual. Therefore, the results presented here might be more revised than usually in the next publication, which will take into account the answers delivered late. Then, the data on which INSEE usually relies to compile the construction production index could not be processed or collected for both February and March. In order to produce an estimation, INSEE and the statistical service of the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition (SDES) relied on auxiliary data. The treatments implemented are explained in the methodological note referenced in the “Documentation” section.

All 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.

The treatments implemented for March 2020 are explained in the methodological note referenced in the documentation section.

In March 2020, output slumped in the manufacturing industry (−18.2%, after +0.9%), as well as in the whole industry (−16.2%, after +0.8%).

Over the first quarter 2020, manufacturing output declined (−6.1%)

Over the last quarter, output decreased sharply in manufacturing industry (−6.1%), as well as in the whole industry (−5.6%).

Over this period, output slumped in the manufacture of transport equipment (−14.3%) and in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−14.0%). It also diminished in “other manufacturing”(−5.8%), in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (−5.3%), in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (−2.6%). Output fell moderately in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−0.7%).

Monthly Industrial Production Indices

Monthly Industrial Production Indices ()
(C1) (C3) (C4) (C5) CZ
2014-01 99.11 99.49 96.4 98.18 98.24
2014-02 100.61 102.36 97.4 100.21 100.11
2014-03 98.2 101.88 97.46 99.55 99.34
2014-04 100.45 99.53 98.09 99.98 99.67
2014-05 98.68 96.15 92.7 96.75 96.34
2014-06 98.91 100.19 99.77 98.87 99.11
2014-07 99.49 102.05 103.3 99.48 100.32
2014-08 98.57 94.84 98.71 98.85 98.17
2014-09 99.89 98.72 97.23 99.61 99.18
2014-10 98.65 97.52 97.58 98.02 97.98
2014-11 97.31 97.58 91.49 97.57 96.68
2014-12 98.93 103.29 97.7 98.68 99.29
2015-01 98.93 98.36 98.69 99.27 99.04
2015-02 97.97 97.13 102.99 99.34 99.38
2015-03 100.21 98.75 100.21 99.54 99.82
2015-04 99.8 99.59 98.09 99.93 99.63
2015-05 100.41 103.02 100.37 100.41 100.77
2015-06 100.8 102.74 100.39 99.53 100.21
2015-07 100.63 96.63 96.63 99.24 98.65
2015-08 99.95 99.82 100.13 99.59 99.62
2015-09 100.93 104.35 102.8 100.19 101.32
2015-10 100.31 102.07 102.8 99.99 100.79
2015-11 99.74 98.61 97.4 100.59 99.71
2015-12 100.32 98.93 99.5 102.38 101.07
2016-01 100.86 100.14 107.86 102.47 102.58
2016-02 99.82 100.91 105.65 99.52 100.63
2016-03 99.92 98.61 103.03 99.23 99.81
2016-04 98.36 98.84 108.37 100.22 100.88
2016-05 97.65 98.97 103.22 100.44 99.93
2016-06 97.51 96.78 105.36 99.31 99.16
2016-07 99.07 97.39 100.78 99.99 99.58
2016-08 100.01 101.09 102.09 101.18 101.08
2016-09 100.4 99.95 101.99 100.31 100.48
2016-10 99.15 96.97 104.99 98.58 99.37
2016-11 100.01 102.0 104.88 102.55 102.49
2016-12 99.56 101.11 104.24 100.54 101.04
2017-01 97.61 99.09 106.55 100.6 100.64
2017-02 98.93 101.72 103.84 101.15 101.1
2017-03 98.91 102.61 109.42 102.45 102.71
2017-04 98.37 102.4 103.82 102.21 101.8
2017-05 99.51 106.17 109.54 103.57 104.02
2017-06 99.07 103.64 106.75 103.37 103.17
2017-07 99.77 104.5 109.9 103.49 103.79
2017-08 100.35 103.01 113.2 102.67 103.68
2017-09 99.62 103.29 112.86 104.05 104.3
2017-10 99.2 107.51 113.5 105.69 105.82
2017-11 99.87 103.58 114.42 105.84 105.64
2017-12 98.92 108.17 113.61 106.88 106.55
2018-01 98.22 104.69 113.42 103.16 103.85
2018-02 97.95 103.35 107.85 102.75 102.67
2018-03 99.14 105.99 107.73 104.76 104.25
2018-04 98.71 101.2 113.83 104.67 104.13
2018-05 99.26 102.57 109.93 102.96 102.76
2018-06 98.46 102.33 114.57 104.93 104.58
2018-07 98.17 104.23 116.89 103.71 104.44
2018-08 99.11 104.7 112.08 105.19 104.9
2018-09 97.34 101.91 112.13 104.28 103.74
2018-10 98.31 105.55 111.67 105.05 104.79
2018-11 97.12 103.0 112.82 104.33 103.86
2018-12 98.35 102.37 120.3 104.88 105.26
2019-01 99.43 106.65 115.43 105.34 105.75
2019-02 98.0 105.26 115.55 106.09 105.74
2019-03 97.49 108.23 115.03 104.92 105.29
2019-04 98.87 109.4 111.63 104.77 105.15
2019-05 98.56 107.26 115.88 107.17 106.63
2019-06 97.83 105.09 111.1 104.4 103.94
2019-07 97.27 104.57 112.57 105.12 104.41
2019-08 96.84 101.27 113.7 104.07 103.5
2019-09 98.3 105.52 111.45 105.11 104.45
2019-10 97.73 103.49 110.82 107.05 104.91
2019-11 98.11 103.65 113.05 104.98 104.15
2019-12 97.5 99.12 109.57 103.39 102.11
2020-01 97.75 103.44 106.94 104.67 103.06
2020-02 98.67 104.45 108.98 105.25 103.98
2020-03 94.84 82.04 69.88 87.14 85.01
  • Legend: CZ: Manufacturing - (C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages - (C3): Machinery and equipment goods - (C4): Manufacture of transport equipment - (C5): Other manufacturing.

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

Over a year, manufacturing output went also down (−7.8%)

In the manufacturing industry, cumulative output over the last quarter declined sharply compared to the same quarter a year ago (−7.8%), as well as in the whole industry (−7.3%).

Over a year, quarter’s output went down sharply in “other manufacturing” (−6.1%), in the manufacture of transport equipment (−17.4%), in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (−9.4%) and in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (−4.4%). It slumped in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−40.0%). It declined more moderately in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−1.2%).

Variation in the Industrial Production

2015 based, SA–WDA changes in %
Variation in the Industrial Production (2015 based, SA–WDA changes in %)
NA : A10, (A17) March / Feb. Feb. / Jan. Q–o–Q change (1) Year–on–year change (2)
BE: INDUSTRY –16.2 0.8 –5.6 –7.3
CZ: Manufacturing –18.2 0.9 –6.1 –7.8
(C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages –3.9 0.9 –0.7 –1.2
(C2): Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products –34.3 4.8 –14.0 –40.0
(C3): Machinery and equipment goods –21.5 1.0 –5.3 –9.4
(C4): Manufacture of transport equipment –35.9 1.9 –14.3 –17.4
(C5): Other manufacturing –17.2 0.6 –5.8 –6.1
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management –4.1 0.6 –2.6 –4.4
FZ: CONSTRUCTION –40.1 1.1 –12.0 –14.3
  • 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.
  • (1) Last three months / previous three months
  • (2) Last three months / same three months of previous year
  • // Not available
  • Sources : Insee, SSP, SDES

In March 2020, output decreased markedly in all industrial sections

Output decreased strongly in “other manufacturing” (−17.2% after +0.6%). It fell in all subsection, with the exception of pharmaceuticals. Within ”other manufacturing”, some activities declined less sharply, such as sub-branches in the manufacture of paper and paper products or in chemicals. Output plummeted in the manufacture of transport equipment (−35.9% after +1.9%), particularly in the manufacture of of motor vehicles, trailers and semi−trailers. It slumped also in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (−21.5% after +1.0%), with a more moderate decrease in the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products, and in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum (−34.3% after +4.8%). It diminished more moderately in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (−4.1% after +0.6%) and in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−3.9% after +0.9%). Conversely, in this last section, such activities like the manufacture of prepared meals and dishes and the manufacture of baby food (class 10.86 of the Nace) increased.

Variation in the Industrial Production

2015 based, SA–WDA changes in %
Variation in the Industrial Production (2015 based, SA–WDA changes in %)
NA : A10, (A17), [A38 or A64] March 2020 March / Feb. Feb. / Jan. Quarter–on–quarter change
BE: INDUSTRY 86.2 –16.2 0.8 –5.6
CZ: Manufacturing 85.0 –18.2 0.9 –6.1
(C1): Man. of food products and beverages 94.8 –3.9 0.9 –0.7
(C2): Man. of coke and refined petroleum products 43.8 –34.3 4.8 –14
(C3): Machinery and equipment goods 82.0 –21.5 1.0 –5.3
[CI] Man. of computer, electronic and optical products 98.6 –11.3 0.0 –3.6
[CJ] Man. of electrical equipment 73.4 –24.9 3.2 –3.8
[CK] Man. of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (1) 70.3 –30.8 0.9 –8.2
(C4): Man. of transport equipment 69.9 –35.9 1.9 –14.3
[CL1] Man. of motor vehicles, trailers and semi–trailers 52.1 –49.7 3.5 –18.4
[CL2] Man. of other transport equipment 85.0 –25.2 0.7 –11.1
(C5): Other manufacturing 87.1 –17.2 0.6 –5.8
[CB] Man. of textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products 72.1 –27.9 –1.0 –7.6
[CC] Man. of wood and paper products; printing and reproduction of recorded media 85.2 –15.2 2.0 –4.8
[CE] Man. of chemicals and chemical products 93.4 –11.3 3.9 –4.0
[CF] Man. of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 133.2 15.9 –5.3 1.9
[CG] Man. of rubber and plastics products, and other nonmetallic mineral products 72.7 –31.4 2.1 –7.5
[CH] Man. of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment 72.1 –27.7 2.7 –10.1
[CM] Other manufacturing; repair and installation of machinery and equipment 88.7 –18 –1.4 –6.2
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 92.6 –4.1 0.6 –2.6
[BZ] Mining and quarrying 71.8 –33.1 –0.4 –9.0
[DZ] Electricity, gas, steam and air–conditioning supply 93.8 –2.7 0.6 –2.3
[EZ] Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation 91.2 –1.6 1.1 –2
FZ: CONSTRUCTION 62.3 –40.1 1.1 –12
MIGs (2)
Capital goods 81.1 –24.4 0.0 –8.9
Intermediate goods 79.9 –21 3.1 –5.4
Consumer durables 64.4 –45.4 5.2 –17.1
Consumer non–durables 99.9 –4.1 –1.1 –2.2
Energy 89.5 –4.4 0.8 –3.0
  • (1) n.e.c. : not elsewhere classifiable
  • 2) Main industrial groupings: definition in Commission regulation EC of 14 June 2007
  • // Not available
  • Sources : Insee, SSP, SDES

Revision of variations

(in percentage point)
Revision of variations ((in percentage point))
Feb. / Jan. Jan. / Dec. Dec. / Nov. Q4 2019 / Q3 2019 2019 / 2018
Industry (BE) –0.07 –0.24 0.15 –0.07 0.00
raw serie 0.04 –0.07 0.04 –0.02 0.00
SA–WDA parameters –0.11 –0.17 0.11 –0.05 0.00
Manufacturing (CZ) –0.04 –0.24 0.17 –0.05 0.00
raw serie 0.10 –0.09 0.05 –0.02 0.01
SA–WDA parameters –0.14 –0.15 0.12 –0.03 –0.01
  • How to read it: in the manufacturing sector, the SA–WDA variation between January and February 2020 is revised by –0.04 points, 0.10 points are due to the revision of the raw series and –0.14 points to the updating of the SA–WDA parameters.
  • Sources : Insee, SSP, SDES

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