Norway Industry


Norway: Industrial production plunges to a seven-month low in August

October 7, 2013

In August, industrial output fell 3.8% over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms, which contrasted the 2.9% increase tallied in July (previously reported: +3.0% year-on-year). The print represents the first contraction in six months and the steepest fall since January. According to Statistics Norway, August's contraction was mainly driven by a sharp drop in oil and gas extraction and a mild decline in manufacturing output. On the other hand, the electricity, gas and steam category improved over the previous month.

On an annual basis, industrial production contracted 4.4% in working-day adjusted terms. The result contrasts the 2.8% rise observed in July. As a result, the trend deteriorated, with annual average growth in industrial production falling from minus 3.6% in July to minus 4.2% in August.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect industrial production to fall 3.4% in 2013. In 2014, the panel sees industrial production expanding 1.9%.


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Norway Industry August 2013

Note: Month-on-month seasonally adjusted and year-on-year changes of industrial production index in %.
Source: Statistics Norway (SN).

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