France Industry


Industrial output falls in January

In January, industrial output decreased 1.22% over the previous month in seasonally adjusted terms, which contrasted the 0.92% rise tallied in December. The monthly drop surprised the market on the downside, as industrial production was expected to fall only 0.40%, and was mainly the result of a contraction in manufacturing as well as in construction.

On an annual basis, industrial activity contracted 3.5% in January, following the 1.9% drop observed in December. Accordingly, the trend continues to point downwards, as annual average variation in industrial production inched down from minus 2.6% in December to minus 2.7% in January.

FocusEconmics Consensus Forecast panellists see industrial production dropping 0.5% in 2013, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month's forecast. For next year, panellists expect an expansion of 1.3%.


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France Industry January 2013

Note: Month-on-month changes of seasonally adjusted industrial production and annual growth rate in %.
Source: National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) and FocusEconomics calculations.

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