Portugal: Industrial production contracts in May
Industrial production contracted 2.7% year-on-year in May, contrasting a revised 4.3% expansion in April (previously reported: +3.8% year-on-year). Looking at a breakdown of the data, all the reported sectors lost traction. While the mining and quarrying sector grew again at a double-digit pace, it lost considerable steam from the previous month. Both the manufacturing and electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning sectors swung into negative territory.
In seasonally-adjusted, month-on-month terms, industrial production contracted 1.9% in May, following a 3.1% drop in April. Annual average growth in industrial production fell to 3.3% in May, down from 4.1% in April.