Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were at approximately the same level in September 2013 as in September 2012. In the preceding three months, stocks of finished products declined relative to the same month last year. Stock figures have been adjusted for price changes.
Stocks of finished products in manufacturing industry (volume)
Manufacturers 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.
The mood among manufacturers with respect to the volume of their stocks deteriorated in November compared to October. Manufacturers defining their stocks as too large have outnumbered those defining their stocks as too small for an uninterrupted period of nearly three years now.
Opinions on stocks of finished products
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