After adjustment for working day patterns, Dutch manufacturing production in December 2005 was 1,4 percent up to December 2004. In November the production was the same as in November 2004.
It is best to use the seasonally adjusted figures to determine short term developments in production. The monthly seasonally adjusted figures show a somewhat erratic course, so the average over two months is compared to the average over the preceding two months.
After adjustment for seasonal effects and working day patterns, manufacturing output rose by 0.5 percent in the period November-December 2005 compared to September-October. The production of raw materials and semi-manufactured goods increased in November-December. The production of investment goods and consumer goods declined compared to September-October.
In the year 2005 manufacturing output was about the same as in 2004. Especially in the wood and building materials industry output increased. Output dropped in the metal industry and particularly in the textile industry.