Statistics in Focus. Latest developments for production and new orders in industry (excluding construction) during the second quarter of 2005.
There were signs of an improvement in the seasonally adjusted production index for the EU-25 in the second quarter of 2005, as industrial output (excluding construction) rose by 0.5 % on the basis of a comparison with the previous quarter. This followed two quarters of modest declines, as EU-25 output had fallen by 0.1 % in both the final quarter of 2004 and the first quarter of 2005. The pattern in the euro-zone was similar to that displayed in the EU-25, as industrial output rose by 0.4 % in the second quarter of 2005, following a 0.2 % reduction in the final quarter of 2004 and no change in the first quarter of 2005. On the basis of a comparison with the same quarter of a year before, EU-25 working day adjusted industrial production rose by 0.4 % in the second quarter of 2005 (0.5 % in the euro-zone).