Survey on Manufacturing Industry, Services and Building 2021Apr

Manufacturing industry, marcket services and construction
Industry
  • In April, activity slowed slightly, especially in the chemicals, electrical equipment, and rubber and plastic products industries.

    Finished goods inventories were deemed to be below normal levels for the second consecutive month. Business leaders surveyed pointed to another sharp rise in commodity prices and an increase in finished goods prices.
    The balance of opinion on cash positions and order books continued to improve.

    Business leaders expect activity to increase slightly in May.
Opinion on the outlook for industrial production*
Balance of opinions, SA-WDA
Services
  • In market services, activity remained stable overall. Accommodation and rental activities (renting of motor vehicles, etc.) reported a decline, linked notably to the lockdown measures; business services (computer programming, consultancy, legal and accounting activities) fared better.

    Overall cash positions improved slightly.

    Business leaders expect activity to increase slightly in May.
Opinion on the outlook for services activity*
Balance of opinions, SA-WDA
Construction
  • In construction, activity remained buoyant in April.

    Order books continued to expand sharply. Business leaders highlighted a rise in the price of quotes.

    Activity is not expected to remain little-changed in May.
Opinion on the outlook for construction activity*
Balance of opinions, SA-WDA
* A positive (negative) balance of opinions corresponds to a rise (fall) in the evolution of activity. Balances of opinions may range from -200 to +200.



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Survey on Manufacturing Industry, Services and Building
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Published on Monday, May 10, 2021