Industrial trends

Updated: 10 Feb 2020
Next update: 10 Mar 2020

The volume index of industrial output describes the relative change in the volume of industrial output at fixed prices when compared with a specific base period. The volume index of industrial output is based on an inquiry sent to enterprises or establishments. Enterprises and establishments are asked about volume or value data every month.

An adjustment for working days takes into account influences arising from the number of working days.

Economic conditions for industry widely affect the growth of society and the balance of general government finances. Fluctuations in economic conditions for industry are reflected in the sector-specific development of the labour market and the diversity of the economic structure, which in turn are reflected in the level of investment, construction and jobs. In addition to general economic development, economic conditions are also reflected in the vitality and competitiveness of the labour market’s operating environment.

Furthermore, the industrial development trend has spill-over effects into industrial sector-specific growth, which is evident, for example, in energy consumption trends, particularly in the energy-intensive sectors of industry. One role of the public sector is to encourage sustainable and energy-efficient business activity and at the same time to ensure good operating conditions for businesses through reasonable taxation as well as political action that activates business and industry and promotes competitiveness.


Industrial output grew in December both from the previous month and from one year back

Seasonally adjusted industrial output (TOL BCD) grew by 0.3 per cent in December from the month before. According to Statistics Finland, industrial output adjusted for working days was 0.6 per cent higher in December 2019 compared to December 2018. Adjusted for working days, industrial output went up by 2.0 per cent in January to December from one year back.

Examined by main industry, seasonally adjusted industrial output grew in December most in the electrical and electronics industry, by 7.2 per cent, in mining and quarrying, by 6.5 per cent and in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, by 4.7 per cent. The decline in output was strongest in the chemical industry, down by 3.1 per cent from the month before. Industrial output also decreased in the food industry, by 2.3 per cent, and in the forest industry, by 1.9 per cent.

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