After adjustment for working day patterns, manufacturing production was up by 2.7 percent in July on July 2005. Output is higher than twelve months previously for sixth months now.
In July 2006, output increased in nearly all branches compared with July last year. The metal sector in particular did well, with output increases of 5 percent. Production declined in paper, printing and publishing.
Seasonally adjusted figures are more suitable to determine short-term developments in production. As the monthly seasonally adjusted figures are somewhat erratic, it is better to compare the average over two months with the average of the preceding two-month period.
After adjustment for seasonal effects and working day patterns, manufacturing output in the period June-July was 1.5 percent higher than in April-May. This is the eighth increase in a row.