In June 2012, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were more than 3 percent up from twelve months previously. The increase in June was more substantial than in April and May. The stocks of finished products index stood at 109.6 in June (2005=100) versus 108.2 in May.
Stocks of finished products in manufacturing industry (volume)
Manufacturers slightly more positive about stocks in August
The Business Sentiment Survey for the Manufacturing Industry provides a first indication for further development of the index stocks of finished products. In this survey, manufacturers are invited to define their current stocks of finished products as too large (negative), normal, or too small (positive) in relation to projected sales. These results are available two months earlier than data on stocks of finished products.
Manufacturers’ opinions on their stocks improved slightly in August. The balance of positive minus negative answers was -4.2 versus -5.5 in July. Manufacturers defining their stocks as too large have outnumbered those defining their stocks as too small for nearly eighteen months now.