Germany: Industrial production rebounds in January
March 8, 2012
In January, industrial production expanded a seasonally adjusted 1.6% over the previous month, which contrasted the revised 2.6% contraction observed in December (previously reported: -2.9% month-on-month) and overshot market expectations of a 1.1% rise. The stronger-than-expected print reflected improvements in manufacturing, energy supply, and, particularly in construction activity, despite the harsh winter conditions at the beginning of the year. Compared to the same month last year, industrial output accelerated from a working-day adjusted 1.3% increase in December to a 1.8% expansion in January. Despite the January improvement, however, the trend continues to deteriorate, with annual average growth falling from 7.9% in December to 7.1% in January.
Author: Ricardo Aceves, Senior Economist