Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 1.4 percent down in February 2014 from twelve months previously. In January, stocks of finished products were 1.6 percent down from January 2013. Stock figures have been adjusted for price changes.
Stocks of finished products in manufacturing industry (volume)
Manufacturers less positive about their stocks in April
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 April. Over the past three years, manufacturers defining their stocks as too large have outnumbered those defining their stocks as too small.
Opinions on stocks of finished products
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