France manufacturing output flat in June, chemical production falls

10 August 2012 15:34  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--France’s manufacturing output was almost unchanged in June from May but chemical production fell month-on-month, the country’s government statistics agency said on Friday.

The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) said that France’s manufacturing output was up 0.1% in June from May, following a 1.1% decline in May from April.

For the second quarter, manufacturing output was down 1.2% from the first quarter. Compared with the 2011 second quarter, manufacturing output was down 3.1% year on year, INSEE said.

Chemical production decreased 1.1% in June from May, following a 0.4% decline in May from April. For the three months ended 30 June, production of chemicals and chemical products was up 0.3% compared with the first quarter of 2012.

INSEE’s production index for chemicals and chemical products stands at 112.4 points in June. The index’s base is set at 100.0 for the year 2005.

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