In August, Dutch manufacturing turnover was 7 percent up on August 2006. The increase was considerably more moderate than July’s increase by 13 percent. Approximately two third of the turnover increase was attributable to higher sales, the other part to higher selling prices.
All branches of industry achieved better results. With 12 percent, the most substantial turnover increase was in food, drinks and tobacco. The increase was almost entirely due to a sharp rise in selling prices in this branch.
Turnover on the domestic market was 9 percent up. The most substantial turnover increase was recorded in the metal industry. Turnover on the foreign market grew nearly by 5 percent in August. With 18 percent, the most substantial turnover increase on the export market was recorded in the wood and building materials industry.
In the first eight months of 2007, manufacturing turnover increased by 9 percent, relative to the same period last year. Approximately three quarters of the turnover increase was attributable to higher sales.