Rapid increase of industrial production continued in June

news release no 94

According to Statistics Estonia, in June 2010 the production of industrial enterprises grew 21% compared to June of the previous year.

The production of manufacturing also increased 21% compared to June of the previous year. The 2% growth reported in January 2010 was followed by a rapid increase — in March enterprises gave 11%, and in April and May 18% more production than in the corresponding months of 2009. In June, export sales of the manufacturing production increased significantly (42%). Demand on the domestic market was still insufficient and the domestic sales fell 6% compared to June of the previous year. In June, two thirds of the whole production of manufacturing was sold on the external market.

In June, production exceeded the previous year’s level in most branches of industry. Growth in the production of manufacturing was most influenced by the branches holding bigger shares — manufacturing of electronic products where the production increased by more than one and a half times, and manufacturing of wood where the growth was 26%. With respect to the branches of manufacturing holding smaller shares, production increased considerably in the manufacturing of motor vehicles, metals and pharmaceuticals, mainly due to the increase in exports. The rapid growth in production was partly also influenced by the low reference base in 2009; this effect will last until the end of 2010. The production of food, beverages, leather, metal products and other transport equipment, and the production in the repair and installation of machinery and equipment decreased.

In June 2010 compared to May, the seasonally adjusted industrial production increased 3%, the production of manufacturing grew 2%.

In June 2010 compared to June 2009, the production of electricity increased 31% and the production of heat — 7%. The increase in energy production was mainly caused by a growing demand for energy induced by more active manufacturing as well as by the growth in the exports of electricity.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2000 – June 2010 (2005 = 100)

Diagram: The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2000 – June 2010

Change in volume index of industrial production, June 2010
Economic activity change compared
to the previous month
according to seasonally
adjusted dataa
change compared to
the corresponding
month of the previous year
according to
unadjusted
data
according to
working-day
adjusted
datab
TOTAL 2.6 20.7 20.7
Energy production 0.2 25.3 25.3
Mining 12.9 9.4 9.4
Manufacturing 1.8 21.3 21.3
manufacture of food products 2.3 -2.2 -2.2
manufacture of beverages -4.4 -16.9 -16.9
manufacture of wood and wood products 0.3 26.3 26.3
manufacture of fabricated metal products -5.5 -3.0 -3.0
manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products 11.8 175.8 175.8
manufacture of electrical equipment 0.5 -0.7 -0.7
manufacture of chemicals and chemical products 17.4 18.6 18.6
manufacture of motor vehicles 20.2 163.2 163.2
manufacture of rubber and plastic products 2.7 26.4 26.4
manufacture of building materials -0.5 11.4 10.9

a In case of the seasonally adjusted volume index, the impact of the differing numbers of working days in a month and seasonally recurring factors has been eliminated. It is calculated only in comparison with the previous period.

In case of the working-day adjusted volume index, the impact of the differing number of working days in a month has been eliminated. It is calculated only in comparison with the corresponding period of the previous year.

For further information:

Lilian Bõkova
Leading Statistician
Industry, Construction and Energy Statistics Service
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9223

More detailed data have been published in the Statistical Database.