Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 0.3 percent up in November 2013 from November 2012. In October, stocks of finished products were 4.5 percent up from the same month one year previously. Stock figures are adjusted for price changes.
Stocks of finished products in manufacturing industry (volume)
Manufacturers less content with their stocks in January
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 January compared to December. 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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