Manufacturing output more than 2 percent up

The average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was more than 2 percent higher in September 2011 than in September 2010. Production growth was marginally up on August.

With 20 percent, the most substantial growth was recorded in the sector transport equipment. Production levels in the sector electrical engineering and machinery (5 percent) and the sector food, drinks and tobacco (4 percent) were also higher. Output generated by the sector basic metals and metal products and the sector petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastic products was marginally below the level of one year previously.

Seasonally adjusted figures provide a more reliable picture of short-term production developments. Monthly figures adjusted for seasonal variation often show a somewhat erratic pattern. Therefore, the two-monthly average compared to the previous two-monthly average is a more accurate indicator. After correction for seasonal variation and the number of working days, manufacturing output in the period August-September was 0.6 percent down on the period June-July.

Manufacturing output (volume)

Manufacturing output (volume)

More figures can be found in dossier Business cycle.