Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were down by 5.2 percent in July 2013 relative to July 2012. In June, stocks of finished products declined by 2.9 percent. Figures on stocks have been adjusted for price changes.
Stocks of finished products in manufacturing industry (volume)
Less content about stocks
The Business Sentiment Survey for the Manufacturing Industry provides a first indication for further developments of the index stocks of finished products. In this survey, manufacturers are invited to define their current stocks of finished products as too small (positive), normal or too large (negative) in relation to projected sales. These results are available two months earlier than data on stocks of finished products.
On balance, manufacturers were more negative about the size of their stocks in September than in August. Manufacturers defining their stocks as too large have continually outnumbered those defining their stocks as too small for an uninterupted period of more than two years now.
Opinions on stocks of finished products
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