Monday, December 14, 2009

Industrial Production Down in Eurozone

RTT News details:

Eurozone industrial production declined in October hurt by plunging demand for durable and non-durable consumer goods, pointing to meager support to GDP growth in the fourth quarter.

Industrial output in the 16 nation currency bloc fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.6% in October compared to the previous month, reversing the revised 0.2% rise in September, a report from Eurostat revealed Monday. Production thus declined after rising for five consecutive months.

However, the actual drop for October was slightly smaller than the 0.7% decline expected by economists. The statistical office revised the monthly growth for September from 0.3%.

Glass Half Empty
Strong improvement witnessed over recent months is losing momentum. BNP Paribas economist Clemente De Lucia noted that the impact of car incentive schemes is starting to ease and will not be felt anymore next year.
Glass Half Full
However, according to Martin van Vliet, an economist at ING, it is premature to conclude that the industrial recovery is seriously losing momentum as less volatile three-month rate of change remained firmly in positive territory. Economist forecast Eurozone GDP to expand at a fairly healthy clip in the fourth quarter.

Source: Eurostat