France chemical production falls 0.3% in May from April

10 July 2012 19:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--France’s chemical production fell 0.3% in May from April, the country’s statistics agency said on Tuesday.

The decline came after a 0.6% increase in chemical production in April from March, the National Institute for Statistics and Economics (INSEE) said.

On a three-month sequential comparison – March to May vis-à-vis December to February – chemical production was up 1.8%.

Output of plastics and rubber products was down 1.2% in May from April, following a 1.4% decline in April from March. On the three-month sequential comparison, plastics and rubber output was down 0.1%.

Meanwhile, France’s overall manufacturing output fell 1.0% in May from April, following an 0.9% decline in April from March.

On the sequential three-month comparison, manufacturing output was down 0.2%, INSEE said.

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