Manufacturing output over 3 percent down in December

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In December 2023, the average daily output of the Dutch manufacturing industry was 3.3 percent lower than in December 2022, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Output also contracted year on year in the preceding months of 2023.

Average daily output manufacturing (volume)
 maandchange (year-on-year % change)
2020January1.7
2020February-0.5
2020March-1.4
2020April-10.5
2020May-11.7
2020June-9.1
2020July-4.3
2020August-3.4
2020September-5.8
2020October-3.5
2020November-2.3
2020December0.5
2021January1.1
2021February-1.9
2021March3
2021April12.9
2021May16.1
2021June17.6
2021July13.1
2021August8.6
2021September11.1
2021October9.6
2021November10.6
2021December12.9
2022January7.4
2022February10.9
2022March7.9
2022April13.8
2022May10.2
2022June5.8
2022July5.8
2022August6.1
2022September5.6
2022October3.9
2022November0.6
2022December0.6
2023January-2.5
2023February-2.4
2023March-3.6
2023April-11.9
2023May-9.2
2023June-7.2
2023July-8
2023August-8.8
2023September-11
2023October-12
2023November-9.4
2023December-3.3

Decrease in most industries

Most industries produced less than one year previously. Among the larger industries, output fell most sharply in the electronic products and electric equipment industry, while the metal products industry recorded the largest increase.

Average daily output manufacturing (volume) by sector, December 2023
Categorychange (year-on-year % change)
Metal products2.3
Repair and installation of machinery0.9
Food products-0.9
Rubber and plastic products-2.2
Chemical-3.1
Transport equipment-3.1
Electrical and electronics-14.3
Manufacturing (total)-3.3
Altogether, the industries referred to in the above graph account for over 60 percent of the total manufacturing output

Output increased in December

A more accurate picture of short-term output developments is obtained when figures are adjusted for seasonal effects and the working-day pattern. After adjustments for seasonal and working-day effects, manufacturing output rose by 6.8 percent in December relative to November.

Adjusted for seasonal and working-day effects, manufacturing output fluctuates significantly in general. In spring 2020, output declined rapidly, reaching a low point in May 2020. This was followed by an upward trend until May 2022. The trend has reversed since then.

Seasonally adjusted average daily output manufacturing (volume)
yearmonthindex (2015=100)
2020January109
2020February108.4
2020March106
2020April97.4
2020May96.5
2020June99.4
2020July103.4
2020August104
2020September104.2
2020October106.2
2020November106.3
2020December107.1
2021January110.9
2021February106.8
2021March110
2021April110.3
2021May112.1
2021June115
2021July116.2
2021August113.6
2021September115.2
2021October116.6
2021November117.6
2021December120
2022January119
2022February118.9
2022March118.6
2022April126
2022May123.6
2022June121.7
2022July122.8
2022August120.7
2022September121.2
2022October120.7
2022November118.5
2022December119.8
2023January116.2
2023February116.3
2023March114.4
2023April111.1
2023May112.1
2023June112.8
2023July112.3
2023August109.7
2023September108.6
2023October107.1
2023November108
2023December115.3

Manufacturers less negative in January

Dutch manufacturers were less negative in January than they were in the previous month. They were mainly less negative about the order positions.

Germany is an important market for the Dutch manufacturing industry. In January, German entrepreneurs were more negative than in December, according to Eurostat. In December, the calendar-adjusted output generated by the German manufacturing industry was down by 3.8 percent year on year. Relative to November, output fell by 1.5 percent, as reported by Destatis.