- Production for Manufacturing Industries for August 2012 was 0.7% lower than in July 2012. On an annual basis production for August 2012 increased by 0.2% when compared with August 2011.
- The seasonally adjusted volume of industrial production for Manufacturing Industries for the three month period June 2012 to August 2012 was 1.8% higher than in the preceding three month period.
- The “Modern” Sector, comprising a number of high-technology and chemical sectors, showed a monthly increase in production for August 2012 of 5.1% and there was a decrease of 0.9% in the “Traditional” Sector.
- The seasonally adjusted industrial turnover index for Manufacturing Industries decreased by 0.1% in August 2012 when compared with July 2012. On an annual basis turnover increased by 0.2% when compared with August 2011.
Here are some more detailed stats and dynamics:
- Volume of total Manufacturing output was down 3.43% in August compared to same month in 2007 (pre-crisis). 3mo average through August 2012 was up 1.78% on 3mo average through May 2012 and 3.75% ahead of the 3mo average through August 2011.
- August reading for Manufacturing marks the first m/m decline since February 2012.
- Volume of production in All Industries in August 2012 was down 4.68% on same period in 2007. 3mo average through August is 1.75% ahead of 3mo average through May and is 2.72% ahead of 3mo average through August 2011.
- Both Manufacturing and All Industries indicate improved 3mo averages as consistent with modest improvement in output dynamics.
- Volume of activity in Modern Sectors posted the highest reading since October 2011 and the second highest reading since the beginning of comparable series (January 2006). 3mo average through August 2012 is now 1.26% ahead of the 3mo average reading through May 2012 and is 6.59% ahead of the 3mo average through August 2011. Very strong performance in the sector.
- In Traditional Sectors, however, volume of activity fell 14.17% y/y and is now down 20.05% on August 2007 level of activity. 3mo average through August 2012 is down 1.78% on 3mo average through May and is down 4.34% on 3mo average through August 2011.
Chart to illustrate:
- As the result of the above trends, the gap between indices measuring the Volume of production in Modern and Traditional sectors has now widened to 51.5 - the highest reading since the all time record of 56.6 in October 2011.
It is worth noting that Traditional manufacturing sectors are usually associated with higher labour intensity than Modern sectors, implying the disconnection between improvements in overall Manufacturing index (volume) activity and the likelihood of jobs creation acceleration.
- Manufacturing sector turnover dipped marginally in August (-0.1% m/m) but is ahead, also marginally, on the annual basis (+0.19%). The index is down 6.9% on August 2007. 3mo average through August 2012 is 5.28% ahead of the 3mo average through May 2012 and is 3.29% ahead of the 3mo average through August 2011.
Lastly, New Orders index:
- New Orders index hit the highest reading in 2012 in August, up 3.4% y/y and 1.16% m/m, although the activity is still down 6.8% on August 2007. 3mo average through August 2012 is 5.5% ahead of 3mo average through May 2012 and 3.9% ahead of the 3mo average through August 2011.
The overall activity in the industrial production is clearly stabilizing at the recovery levels, but as noted above this is solely driven by the activity in Modern sectors.