Ireland: Industrial activity contracts at sharpest pace on record in October
Industrial output nosedived 34.5% month-on-month in seasonally-adjusted terms in October (September: -4.2% mom). The figure marked the worst reading on record. October’s notable weakening was partly due to a deterioration in modern sector production, which fell at the sharpest pace since April 1990. In addition, traditional sector output also lost steam.
On an annual basis, overall industrial production declined 12.9% in October, contrasting September’s 27.3% expansion and marked the worst result since October 2020. Meanwhile, the trend improved significantly, with the annual average growth of industrial production coming in at plus 34.5%, up from September’s 33.2% reading.