EMU: Industrial Production

Wed Aug 12 04:00:00 CDT 2015

Consensus Actual Previous Revised
Month over Month -0.1% -0.4% -0.4% -0.2%
Year over Year 1.7% 1.3% 1.6% 1.4%

Industrial production declined more than expected in June. Following a decline of 0.2 percent on the month, output excluding construction dropped 0.4 percent. Annual workday adjusted growth was 1.2 percent, down from a revised 1.4 percent last time.

Durable consumer goods led the monthly declines, falling by2.0 percent from the previous month, followed by capital goods (down 1.8 percent) and intermediate goods (down 0.5 percent). Energy production (up 3.2 percent) was the sole sub-category to record a monthly advance.

Regionally, the biggest declines were seen in Portugal (down 2.1 percent) and Ireland (down 2.0 percent) while the Netherlands (up 3.9 percent) and Slovakia (up 1.4 percent) led to the upside. In the larger countries, Germany's industrial output contracted 1.4 percent on the month while output in France also weakened 0.1 percent.

The disappointing figures will likely impact analysts' expectations for Eurostat's flash estimate of second quarter Eurozone GDP, which is scheduled for Friday.

This indicator measures the physical output of factories, mines and utilities for the 19 EMU members. The measure preferred by the ECB excludes construction which is released a few days later.

Industrial production measures changes in the volume of output for the EMU's member states. The industrial production index provides a measure of the volume trend in value added at factor cost over a given reference period, excluding VAT and other similar deductible taxes. The preferred number is industrial production excluding construction. As with other EMU statistics, the data are provided by the national statistics offices to Eurostat (the European Union statistical agency) where it is combined to produce an overall output measure.

Investors want to keep their finger on the pulse of the economy because it usually dictates how various types of investments will perform. The stock market likes to see healthy economic growth because that translates to higher corporate profits. The bond market prefers more subdued growth that will not lead to inflationary pressures. By tracking economic data such as industrial production, investors will know what the economic backdrop is for these markets and their portfolios.