Romania’s industrial production index decreased by 2.1% y/y in May – when the activity in power generation and utilities area plunged by 16.2% y/y, the statistics office reported. A month earlier the output surged by 19.9% y/y [revised data]. The activity in the core manufacturing sector edged down slightly by 0.9% y/y in May after soaring 23.1% y/y in April.
The high volatility of industrial production was caused by the different timing and number of non-working days for the Easter holidays – not fully captured by the workday-adjustments of the statistics office. The activity shifted from May [Easter/Labour Day holidays] to April was visibly more than implied by the different workdays. Workday-adjusted industrial production still decreased by 1.2% y/y in May after a massive 11.5% y/y surge in April.
Notably, the industrial activity accelerated in the combined period of Apr-May compared to full Q1. Depending on June results, the second quarter’s industrial performance will most likely improve from Q1 – notably in the manufacturing sector. In the energy and utilities sector the activity, however, keeps losing ground.
The industrial output increased by 8.2% y/y in Apr-May, accelerating from the 4.7% y/y growth rate in Q1. In the core manufacturing sector, the annual growth rate moved in the two-digit area [10.2% y/y] in Apr-May from the 6.1% y/y level in Q1. On the opposite, the activity loses ground more markedly in the energy and utilities area – where the industrial activity contracted by 9.8% y/y in Apr-May from a slower 5.3% annual contraction in Q1.
|Total, swda* q/q, m/m||n.a.||n.a.||n.a.||2.6%||4.7%||-10.7%||n.a.|
|Mining and Quarrying||-6.9%||3.4%||9.9%||5.6%||12.3%||5.0%||8.6%|
|Source: INS *seasonally and workday-adjusted|
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