Belgium: Industrial production expands notably in February
April 28, 2014
In February, industrial production expanded 0.8% over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms. The reading came in above the revised flat reading recorded in January (previously reported: -0.6% month-on-month). February's result primarily reflected a strong expansion in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply as well as in manufacturing output.
Compared to the same month last year, industrial output surged 10.4% in February, which came in above the 4.8% expansion observed in January and marked the fastest pace since May 2011. As a result of the strong annual expansion, annual average growth in industrial output rose from 1.0% in January to 2.5% in February, which marked the highest level since February 2012.
FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect that industrial output will expand 2.7% in 2014, which is unchanged from last month's forecast. For 2015, the panel sees industrial production slowing down to a 2.6% increase.
Author: Ricardo Aceves, Senior Economist