France Industry February 2018


France: Industrial output rebounds in February

April 10, 2018

Industrial production swung from a revised 1.8% month-on-month drop in January (previously reported: -2.0% month-on-month) to a 1.2% expansion in February. The reading came in slightly below market expectations of a stronger 1.4% increase.

February’s expansion was driven by higher output in construction and in the mining and quarrying, energy, water supply, and waste management sector. The construction sector swung from a steep 7.5% month-on-month decline in January to a 2.8% increase in February, while the mining and quarrying, energy, water supply and waste management sector grew 11.5% month-on-month in February (January: -6.3% mom). In turn, manufacturing was the only component that declined in February, reflecting lower output of machinery and equipment goods, as well as of transport equipment.

In annual terms, growth in industrial production rose from a 1.2% increase in January to a strong 4.0% increase in February. Meanwhile, annual average growth in industrial production edged up from 2.5% in January to 2.8% in February.

France Industrial Production Forecast

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect industrial production to expand 1.4% in 2018, which is up 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2019, participants also expect industrial output to expand 1.4%.

Author: Jean-Philippe Pourcelot, Economist

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France Industry February 2018

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month changes of industrial production index in %.
Source: French Statistics Institute (INSEE).

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