In September, Dutch manufacturing turnover was nearly 5 percent up on September 2006. The increase is the smallest in the past twelve months. With 13 percent, the largest turnover increase of 2007 was realised in July.
Most branches of industry achieved better results. With 9 percent, the most substantial turnover increase was in food, drinks and tobacco. The increase was entirely due to a sharp rise in selling prices in this branch. Prices of petroleum, chemical and rubber products also rose considerably. This is the main reason that this branch recorded a 5 percent higher turnover. The textiles, clothes and leather industry and the paper, printing and publishing recorded negative turnover growth rates.
Turnover on the domestic market was nearly 6 percent up. Turnover on the foreign market grew more than 5 percent in September, the lowest growth rate in more than two years.