Russia: Growth in industrial production flattens in August
September 17, 2014
In August, industrial production growth was flat over the same month last year. The reading came in below the 1.5% expansion observed in July and undershot market expectations of a 1.2% increase. The monthly slowdown was solely the result of a notable contraction in manufacturing production, whereas mining and quarrying as well as electricity generation helped to compensate for this deterioration.
Sequential data point to a deeper deterioration in industrial production than the slowdown suggested by the annual data. Industrial production fell a seasonally-adjusted 0.6% over the previous month, which contrasted the 0.5% expansion in July. The trend stabilized, as the annual average growth in industrial production was unchanged at July’s 1.3% in August.
Author: Ricardo Aceves, Senior Economist