Statistics in Focus. EU production index rises by 0.5% in March 2000 Extract from Monthly Panorama of European Business.
Total EU industrial output was up by 0.5% in March 2000 (when compared to the previous month). This figure followed a large month on month increase of 1.1% reported in February 2000, with the general trend continuing to point to increasing levels of production. During 1999, EU capacity utilisation rates dipped towards 81.0%, with the lowest figures being reported in January and April 1999 at 81.3%. However, the April 2000 figure of 83.2% was the highest for one and a half years, and confirmed the recent rising trend, up by 0.5 points on the figure for January 2000.