According to Statistics Netherlands, manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 0,9 percent up in April 2014 from April 2013. In the preceding four months, stocks of finished products had been lower than one year previously, but the difference with the same month in the previous year had become smaller every month. Stock figures have been adjusted for price changes.
Stocks of finished products in manufacturing industry (volume)
Manufacturers as positive about their stocks in June as in May
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 remained fairly stable in June. Manufacturers defining their stocks as too large still outnumbered those defining their stocks as too small. This has been the case for more than three years now.
Opinions on stocks of finished products
For more information on economic indicators, see the Economic Monitor.