Eurozone Industry October 2018


Eurozone: Industrial output rebounds in October

December 12, 2018

Industrial output returned to growth in October, rising a seasonally-adjusted 0.2% over the previous month. The result contrasted September’s revised 0.6% decrease (previously reported: -0.3% month-on-month) and was in line with market expectations.

The improvement was broad-based, with production of intermediate goods, capital and consumer goods all gaining steam in October. In addition, energy output contracted at a more modest pace than in the previous month.

Looking at the individual economies for which data is available, 12 economies saw industrial production pick up in October, indicating a broad-based improvement. Among the region’s major-player, industrial production growth accelerated in France, Italy and Spain, but output plunged in Germany.

On an annual basis, industrial production growth rose from September’s 0.8% to 1.2% in October. However, annual average industrial production growth fell to 2.5% from 2.6% in September.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see industrial production expanding 1.8% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2020, panelists see industrial production growth at 1.5%.


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Euro Industry by country October 2018

Note: Month-on-month var. of seasonally-adjusted industrial production and annual average growth rate in %. Data for Austria and Cyprus refer to September.
Source: Eurostat

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