Industrial trends

Updated: 10 Sep 2018
Next update: 10 Oct 2018

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 July year-on–year but decreased from previous month

Seasonally adjusted industrial output (TOL BCD) decreased by 1.1 per cent in July from the month before. According to Statistics Finland, industrial output adjusted for working days was 3.3 per cent higher in July 2018 than in July 2017. Adjusted for working days, industrial output went up by 4.4 per cent in January to July from one year back.

Seasonally adjusted output went down by 1.1 per cent in July from the month before. In June, seasonally adjusted output went up by 1.6 per cent from May.

Examined by main industry, seasonally adjusted industrial output grew most in July in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, by 9.6 per cent. In the chemical industry, output grew by 1.7 per cent from June. Seasonally adjusted industrial output fell most, by 5.8 per cent, in mining and quarrying. In the metal industry, output decreased by 3.2 per cent. In the food industry, seasonally adjusted output declined by 0.5 per cent from June.

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