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Economy in Brief


German Industrial Production Down: New Orders Up In July

by Louise Curley September 08, 2009

Data on German industrial production were released today. Production in July fell 0.9% from June, contrary to expectations of a continued rise. Production of electricity and other utilities was off 4.0%, construction, 2.4%, mining and quarrying, 1.6% and manufacturing 0.5%. In terms of the kind of goods produced, production of consumer goods was flat, that of investment goods, down 3.2%, and energy production, down 3.9%. The only positive sector was the production of intermediate goods, which rose 1.8% suggesting that the inventory liquidation evident in the second quarter GDP report may be abating or even reversing. The first chart shows the production of these goods.

Data on manufacturing new orders were released yesterday and were generally more positive than the production data, but still a little cautionary in some of the details. The total volume of manufacturing new orders increased 3.5% in July, The rise was due entirely to a big increase of 10.3% in domestic new orders. Foreign orders actually fell 2.3%. Orders for intermediate goods increased 5.2% in the month of July while orders for investment goods were up 3.2%; however, orders for consumer goods fell 1.5%. The second chart show the orders for these three types of goods.

GERMANY
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION  (2005=100) Jul 09 Jun  09 Jul 08 M/M %  Y/Y % 2008  2007 2006
 Electricity and other utilities 92.4 96.2 97.6 -3.95 -5.23 96.3 98.0 101.4
 Construction 104.2 106.7 101.8 -2.34 2.36 108.2 108.9 105.8
 Mining and Quarrying 114.2 116.1 107.2 -1.64 6.43 110.4 12407 95.9
 Manufacturing 91.7 95.2 113.6 -0.54 -19.28 113.1 112.7 105.8
 Intermediate Goods 94.1 92.7 116.5 1.83 -18.97 114.0 114.6 107.1
 Investment Goods 87.9 90.8 116.2 -3.19 -24.35 116.9 114.8 105.9
 Consumer Goods 96.5 96.5 102.9 0.00 -6.22 104.3 106.3 102.4
 Energy Goods 90.5 94.2 96.1 -3.93 -5.83 95.7 98.3 100.9
MANUFACTURING NEW ORDERS   (2005=100)
Total 90.7 87.6 113.3 3.54 -19.95 111.3 119.7 108.9
 Domestic 95.5 86.6 110.2 10.25 -13.34 108.3 114.8 106.8
 Foreign 86.5 88.5 116.0 -2.26 -25.43 113.8 124.0 110.8
Intermediate Goods 97.0 9202 117.5 5.21 -17.45 113.1 118.7 110.2
Investment Goods 86.8 84.1 111.6 3.21 -22.22 110.9 121.7 108.8
Consumer Goods 89.9 91.3 105.7 -1.53 -14.95 105.5 110.7 104.2
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