In May, Dutch manufacturing turnover was 7 percent up on the same month in 2006. The turnover increase in manufacturing industry somewhat lags behind the average turnover increase over the first four months of this year. In the period January – April, turnover grew by nearly 9 percent relative to the first four months of 2006.
Turnover increased in all branches of industry. With 10 percent, the most substantial turnover increase was recorded in the metal industry. Turnover of basic metals and manufactured metal products has been in the double digits for nine months running, making it the most successful branch within manufacturing industry.
Turnover on the domestic market grew by 9 percent in May. The most substantial turnover increase was recorded in the metal industry and the chemical industry Turnover on the foreign market was 6 percent up.
Approximately two thirds of the turnover increase was attributable to higher sales, one third to higher selling prices. May 2007 also had a different working day and holiday pattern compared to May 2006. The effect on turnover was marginal.