Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 4.4 percent up in October 2013 from October 2012. In the preceding months, stocks of finished products had been smaller than in the same month one year previously. Stock figures are adjusted for price changes.
Stocks of finished products in manufacturing industry (volume)
Manufacturers more content about stocks in December
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 improved in December compared to November. Nevertheless, manufacturers defining their stocks as too large have outnumbered those defining their stocks as too small for nearly three years now.
Opinions on stocks of finished products
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