Latvia Industry June 2017


Latvia: Industrial production continues to expand robustly in June

August 3, 2017

Industrial production increased 7.8% in June from the same month last year, coming in above April’s revised 10.4% rise (previously reported: +9.9% year-on-year). Meanwhile, annual average growth in industrial production remained unchanged at May’s five-year high of 7.3% in June.

June’s expansion was fairly broad-based, as two out of three of the main components of the index grew robustly. Mining and quarrying recorded the biggest increase, growing by 13.5%, despite decelerating compared to the prior month. This was followed by manufacturing, which rose 10.1%, on the back of a jump in the manufacture of machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers and chemicals and chemical products. Meanwhile, the electricity and gas supply sub-sector swung from a robust expansion in May to a 2.2% contraction in June.

In seasonally adjusted terms, industrial production swung from a revised 2.0% expansion in May (previously reported: +1.7% month-on-month) to a 0.4% contraction in June.

Analysts surveyed by FocusEconomics expect industrial production to expand 5.7% in 2017, which is up 1.1 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2018, the panel expects growth in industrial output to expand 4.3%.

Author: Massimo Bassetti, Economist

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Latvia Industry June 2017

Note: Year-on-year changes and annual average growth of industrial production index in %.
Source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia and FocusEconomics calculations.

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