Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 1.2 percent down in August 2013 from August 2012. In July, stocks of finished products declined by 5.2 percent. Figures on stocks have been adjusted for price changes.
Stocks of finished products in manufacturing industry (volume)
Manufacturers just as content about stocks in October as in September
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.
The mood among manufacturers with respect to the volume of their stocks was about the same in September as in October. Manufacturers defining their stocks as too large have outnumbered those defining their stocks as too small for an uninterrupted period of more than two years now.
Opinions on stocks of finished products
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