Latvia Industry April 2018


Latvia: Industrial production posts another weak print in April

June 4, 2018

Industrial production rose a soft 0.9% in April from the same month last year, accelerating slightly from March’s weaker 0.6% increase. Meanwhile, annual average growth in industrial production hit a one-year low of 6.9% in April, below the previous month’s 7.5%.

April’s slight uptick came on the back of stronger growth in manufacturing output. The acceleration was weighed down, however, by the sharpest contraction in the mining and quarrying sub-sector in five years and the second consecutive contraction in the electricity and gas supply sub-sector, albeit a softer one than in March.

In seasonally-adjusted terms, industrial production rebounded to 0.2% month-on-month growth in April from March’s 3.6% contraction.

Analysts surveyed by FocusEconomics expect industrial production to expand 5.2% in 2018, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2019, the panel expects growth in industrial output of 4.1%.


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Note: Year-on-year changes and annual average growth of industrial production index in %.
Source: Statistics Lithuania and FocusEconomics calculations.

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