Manufacturing turnover was 5 percent higher in September 2006 than in the same month last year. Turnover has been higher than twelve months previously for two and a half years now.
About half of this increase is accounted for by higher factory gate prices. The increase in factory gate prices has been tempered by lower oil prices. September 2006 had one working day less than September 2005; the negative effect was estimated at approximately 2 percent.
Turnover on the domestic market fell by 1 percent. Oil and chemicals performed poorly and faced a turnover decrease by 5 percent. Turnover on the foreign market increased by 10 percent. Exports of metals and metal products recorded a 21 percent turnover increase.