Industrial production up in both euro area and EU27

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Industrial production up in both euro area and EU27In May 2010 compared with April 2010, seasonally adjusted industrial production1 grew by 0.9% in the euro area (EA16) and by 1.0% in the EU27. In April production increased by 0.9% and 0.5% respectively.

In May 2010 compared with May 2009, industrial production rose by 9.4% in the euro area and by 8.7% in the EU27.

Monthly comparison

In May 2010 compared with April 2010, production of durable consumer goods grew by 2.4% in the euro area and by 1.8% in the EU27. Capital goods increased by 1.0% and 1.7% respectively. Intermediate goods rose by 0.8% in both zones. Production of energy gained 0.6% in the euro area and 1.3% in the EU27. Non-durable consumer goods grew by 0.6% and 0.9% respectively. Among the Member States for which data are available, industrial production rose in sixteen and fell in six. The highest increases were registered in Ireland (+7.5%), Slovenia (+4.5%), Poland and Sweden (both +3.4%), and the largest decreases in Luxembourg (-6.6%) and Portugal (-0.7%). Malta stood at -0.6%.

Annual comparison

In May 2010 compared with May 2009, production of intermediate goods grew by 14.7% in the euro area and by 13.7% in the EU27. Capital goods increased by 8.6% and 9.0% respectively. Durable consumer goods rose by 6.3% in the euro area and by 7.7% in the EU27. Production of energy gained 5.7% and 4.3% respectively. Non-durable consumer goods grew by 3.7% in the euro area and by 3.3% in the EU27.

Industrial production rose in all Member States for which data are available, except Greece (-6.3%) and Bulgaria (-1.7%). The highest increases were registered in Estonia (+17.2%), Luxembourg (+13.5%), Sweden (+13.4%), Latvia (+13.2%) and Germany (+13.1%). Malta stood at 11.7%.

These estimates were released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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