In March, industrial output contracted a seasonally adjusted 0.7% over the previous month, which was below the 0.3% drop tallied in February (previously reported: -0.6% month-on-month). According to Statistics Norway, contractions in the production of paper and paper products as well as of basic chemicals were the main drivers behind the monthly deterioration. On an annual basis, industrial activity grew 2.4% in working-day adjusted terms, which was down from the 3.1% rise observed in February. Despite the softer March rise, annual average variation in industrial production improved from minus 2.8% in February to minus 2.1% in March.
Industrial production continues to fall in March
May 8, 2012
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Norway Industry Chart
Note: Month-on-month seasonally adjusted and year-on-year changes of industrial production index in %.
Source: Statistics Norway (SN).
Norway Economic News
October 10, 2016
In September, consumer prices climbed 0.3% from the previous month, which contrasted August’s reading (-0.5% month-on-month) but undershot market expectations of a 0.7% increase.
October 7, 2016
In August, industrial production decreased 4.7% over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms, which contrasted the 4.7% expansion recorded in July and marked the lowest reading since April 2015.
September 22, 2016
At its 21 September policy meeting, Norges Bank (NB) decided to leave its key policy rate at the all-time low of 0.50%, as was expected by market participants. Norges Bank noted that global growth was moderate and that in the medium term import demand from its main trading partners will be lower than previously expected.
September 9, 2016
In August, consumer prices dropped 0.5% over the previous month, which contrasted July’s reading (+0.6% month-on-month) and undershot market expectations of a 0.4% drop.
September 7, 2016
In July, industrial production expanded 5.5% over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms, which marked a rebound from the 4.7% fall recorded in June and represented the highest reading since October 2012.