Dutch manufacturers realised a 19 percent turnover increase in January 2011 compared to the same month in 2010. This is the highest increase in manufacturing turnover ever measured.
January 2011 had a different working day and holiday pattern than January 2010. The positive effect of this on turnover is estimated at approximately 1 percent. Prices of manufactured products were more than 11 percent higher than one year previously.
Electrical engineering and machinery showed the highest turnover growth: 47 percent. Manufacturers in the transport equipment (35 percent) and basic metals and metal products (18 percent) sectors also realised far higher turnover levels. Turnover growth in the petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastic products (22 percent) and food, drinks and tobacco (9 percent) sectors was entirely the result of price increases.
Turnover on the export market was 29 percent higher in January than one year previously. At 10 percent, turnover growth on the domestic market was less substantial.
More figures can be found in dossier Business cycle