Dutch manufacturers realised a turnover growth of 8 percent in January 2012 compared to twelve months previously, the same growth as in December 2011. The working-day and holiday pattern was more favourable in January 2012 than in January 2011. The positive effect on sales is estimated at approximately 3 percent. Prices of manufactured products were 5.5 percent higher than one year previously.
The sector petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastic products recorded the highest turnover growth (+ 16 percent), but two thirds of the growth was attributable to higher prices. Turnover in the sector basic metals and metal products and in electrical engineering and machinery grew by 4 percent. Turnover in the food sector increased by a modest 1 percent, but turnover in the sector transport equipment decreased by 4 percent.
Sales on the domestic market were 10 percent higher in January than one year previously. Sales on the export market grew by nearly 7 percent.
More figures can be found in dossier Business cycle.