Industrial output in January 2006

10.03.2006

Compared to January of the previous year, industrial output according to seasonally adjusted data rose in January 2006 by 8.6% (15.7% in mining and quarrying, 5.8% in manufacturing and 17.7% in electricity, gas and water supply), according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

Compared to January of the previous year, there was an increase of 1.7% in the manufacture of food products and beverages. Increases could be observed in the following sub-sectors: 18.4% in the manufacture, processing and preserving of meat and meat products, 13.2% in the processing and preserving of fish and fish products, 11.3% in the manufacture of other food products (bread, confectionery and sugar), 3.8% in the manufacture of prepared animal feed and 9.3% % in the manufacture of milk products. There were the following decreases: 62.7% in the processing and preserving of fruits and vegetables, 7.3% in the manufacture of grain mill products and of starch and starch products and 2% in the manufacture of beverages.

In comparison with January of the previous year, output in January 2006 increased in the following sectors: 62% in the manufacture of electrical machinery and equipment, 25.7% in the manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres, 23.8% in the manufacture of textiles, 22.1% in the manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products, 20.0% in the manufacture of fabricated metal products except machinery and equipment, 18.1% in the manufacture of rubber and plastic products, 8.8% in the manufacture of furniture; manufacturing n.e.c., 6.6% in the manufacture of wood and articles of wood except furniture, 6.4% in publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media, 0.4% in the manufacture of basic metals and 4.1% in the manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c and other sectors.

The decreases in industrial output were 44.5% in the manufacture of other transport equipment (building and repairing of ships and boats), 3.5% in the manufacture of non-metallic mineral products (ceramics, cement, concrete and other products) and 4.5% in the manufacture of wearing apparel.

Compared to December 2005, industrial output in January 2006 decreased by 0.7% (0.9% mining and quarrying and 1.9% in manufacturing) whereas an increase of 3.3% could be observed in electricity, gas and water supply.

Prepared by the Industrial Statistics Section
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Irēna Bekmane