Electricity price decrease affects industries

According to Statistics Estonia, in February 2014, the producer price index of industrial output changed by -0.4% compared to January 2014 and by –0.9 % compared to February 2013.

In February, compared to the previous month, the producer price index was more than average influenced by the decrease in prices in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply and in the manufacture of building materials as well as by the increase in prices in the manufacture of wood products.

Compared to February 2013, the producer price index was more than average influenced by the decrease in prices in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, in the manufacture of electronic equipment and in mining as well as by the increase in prices in the manufacture of wood products .

Change in the producer price index of industrial output by economic activity, February 2014
Economic activity according to EMTAK 2008 February 2014 – January 2014, % February 2014 – February 2013, %
TOTAL -0.4 -0.9
Manufacturing 0.4 0.2
Mining 2.7 -11.4
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply -9.3 -6.9
Water supply; sewerage; waste management and remediation activities 0.0 1.0

In February 2014, the export price index changed by 0.3% compared to January 2014 and by –2.3% compared to February 2013.

In February, compared to the previous month, the prices of oil products, timber and wood products increased more than average and the prices of electricity, building materials and food products decreased more than average.

In February 2014, the import price index changed by -0.6% compared to January 2014 and by –2.7% compared to February 2013.

In February, compared to the previous month, the prices of electricity, wearing apparel and electronic equipment decreased more than average and the prices of building materials, wood and wood products increased more than average.

Source: Statistics Estonia

Estonia’s monthly industrial output growth second biggest in EU

The 4.3 percent growth in Estonia’s industrial production in January compared with December was second biggest in the EU after a growth of 5.4 percent posted by Croatia.

The biggest reductions month over month were reported by Latvia, -10.7 percent, Netherlands, -6.4 percent, Finland, -3.5 percent, and Lithuania, -2.8 percent, figures published by Eurostat show. Compared with December 2013, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.2 percent in the euro area and rose by 0.1 percent in the EU28.

Compared with January 2013, industrial production grew by 2.1 percent in the euro area and by 2.4 percent in the EU28. The highest growth rates were seen in Luxembourg, 12.7 percent, Romania, 10.5 percent and Poland, 6.4 percent, and the biggest reductions in Malta, -12 percent, Latvia, -11 percent, Lithuania, -7.6 percent, and Finland,-7.1 percent.

Source: Baltic News Service via Estonian Review

In January industrial production was smaller than a year ago

The news release was corrected on 05.03.2014. Please consider the data marked in red in the table as correct.

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2014, the production of industrial enterprises decreased by 1% compared to January of the previous year. The decline in production was caused by a decrease in electricity production; however, the production in manufacturing and mining increased slightly.

In January, the increase in manufacturing was 1% compared to January of the previous year. Among the branches of industry holding larger shares, production rose in the manufacture of wood and food products, motor vehicles and furniture. The volume of production fell in the manufacture of electronic products, electrical equipment, chemical products, machinery and equipment.

In January, 70% of the whole production of manufacturing was sold on the external market. The export sales of manufacturing production fell 10% in January compared to the same month of the previous year, and domestic sales increased 2%. The decrease in exports was mainly caused by a decline in the sales of electronic, refined petroleum and chemical products.

In January 2014, compared to December 2013, the seasonally adjusted total industrial production increased 4%, production in manufacturing rose 3%.

Compared to January 2013, the production of electricity decreased by 19% and the production of heat increased by 2%. The decrease of electricity production was mainly caused by the partial replacement of own production with imports.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2005 – January 2014 (2010 = 100)

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing

 

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2013 was a successful year for Estonian industry

According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2013 the production of industrial enterprises grew 3% compared to the previous year. Both export sales and the sales on the domestic market increased.

In the course of 2013 manufacturing production showed a moderate growth compared to the same month of the previous year. The exceptions were August, when the production remained on the level of the previous year, and September and December, when the production in manufacturing fell.

In 2013, the production exceeded the volume of the previous year in more than half of the branches of industry. The growth in the production of manufacturing was positively influenced by the three branches holding bigger shares – the manufacture of electronic products and the manufacture of wood (in both branches the production increased 6% compared to 2012) and the manufacture of food products (where the production grew 3%). The growth in the production of manufacturing was negatively influenced by the fall in the manufacture of metal products, electrical equipment and motor vehicles.

In 2013, the production in manufacturing grew mainly due to the increase in exports. More than 70% of the whole production of manufacturing was sold on the external market. Export sales grew 5% compared to 2012. The demand on the domestic market was slightly lower – in 2013 domestic sales increased by 4% compared to the previous year.

In December 2013, the production of industry decreased 6% compared to December 2012; the production of manufacturing fell 4%. In December compared to December 2012, the production of electricity decreased by 23% and the production of heat by 28%. The decline in electricity production was mainly caused by the partial replacement of own production with imports.

In December 2013 compared to November, the seasonally adjusted industrial production fell 6%; the production of manufacturing fell 2% during the month.

Volume index trends of production in manufacturing in the European Union countries, January 2005 – November 2013 (2010 = 100)

Volume index trends of production in manufacturing in the European Union countries

 

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Industrial production increased in November

According to Statistics Estonia, in November 2013, the production of industrial enterprises increased by 2% compared to November of the previous year. The production exceeded the volume of the previous year in most of the branches of industry.

In September the production in manufacturing decreased 2%, whereas in October the production increased by 6% and in November by 2% compared to the same month of the previous year. In November 2013, among the branches of industry holding larger shares, the production grew in the manufacture of food, wood, metal products and electrical equipment. The volume of production fell in the manufacture of electronic and chemical products.

In November, 70% of the whole production of manufacturing was sold on the external market. According to unadjusted data, the export sales of manufacturing fell 6% compared to November 2012, while domestic sales rose 2%.

In November 2013 compared to October, the seasonally adjusted total industrial production decreased by 1%; manufacturing production remained on the level of the previous month.

Compared to November 2012, the production of electricity increased by 1%, while the production of heat fell by 8%.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2004 – November 2013 (2010 = 100)

Diagram: The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing

 

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Producer price index in November

According to Statistics Estonia, in November 2013, the producer price index of industrial output changed by –0.6% compared to October 2013 and by 3.3% compared to November 2012.

In November, compared to the previous month, the producer price index was more than average influenced by the decrease in prices in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply as well as by the increase in prices in the manufacture of wood and metal products.

Compared to November 2012, the producer price index was more than average influenced by the increase in prices in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, in the manufacture of wood products and in mining as well as by the decrease in prices in the manufacture of electronic equipment.

Change in the producer price index of industrial output by economic activity, November 2013
Economic activity according to EMTAK 2008 November 2013 – October 2013, % November 2013 – November 2012, %
TOTAL -0.6 3.3
Manufacturing 0.3 0.8
Mining 2.2 12.0
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply -8.0 27.6
Water supply; sewerage; waste management and remediation activities 0.0 0.7

In November 2013, the export price index changed by –0.4% compared to October 2013 and by –1.5% compared to November 2012.

In November, compared to the previous month, the prices of electricity, agricultural, rubber and plastic products decreased more than average and the prices of metal, leather and wood products increased more than average.

In November 2013, the import price index changed by 3.6% compared to October 2013 and by 1.2% compared to November 2012.

In November, compared to the previous month, the prices of oil products, wearing apparel and leather products increased more than average and the prices of agricultural, food and chemical products decreased more than average.

Source: Statistics Estonia

In October industrial production increased

According to Statistics Estonia, in October 2013, the production of industrial enterprises increased by 7% compared to October of the previous year. The production exceeded the volume of the previous year in most of the branches of industry.

In August the production in manufacturing remained on the level of 2012 and in September the production decreased 2%, whereas in October the production increased 6% compared to October of the previous year. Among the branches of industry holding larger shares, the production grew in the manufacture of food, wood, metal and chemical products and electrical equipment. The volume of production fell in the manufacture of electronic products and machinery and equipment.

In October, 70% of the whole production of manufacturing was sold on the external market. The export sales of manufacturing rose 5% compared to October 2012, while domestic sales increased 6%.

In October 2013 compared to September, the seasonally adjusted total industrial production increased by 1%; manufacturing production grew 4%.

Compared to October 2012, the production of electricity increased by 12%, while the production of heat fell by 6%.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2004 – October 2013 (2010 = 100)

Diagram: The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing

 

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Chemical company interested in extracting phosphorus

Estonian-owned Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) that plans to start extracting phosphorus  Northeast Estonia for producing fertilizers is finding it hard to convince the local community that it is safe, writes Postimees.

This public opposition is undoubtedly part of the collective memory from 25 years ago when Estonia was part of the Soviet Union, the Soviet government under Mikhail Gorbachev announced plans to start mining phosphorus in Northeast Estonia, but shelved the plan over the public outcry.

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In September industrial production decreased

According to Statistics Estonia, in September 2013, the production of industrial enterprises decreased by 1% compared to September of the previous year. The decline in the production was most of all influenced by the decrease in the manufacture of electronic products.

Since January manufacturing showed a stable 2–6% growth compared to the same month of the previous year, whereas in August the production in manufacturing remained on the level of August 2012 and in September the production decreased 2%. The production did not exceed the volume of the previous year in about half of the branches of industry. Among the branches of industry holding larger shares, production fell in the manufacture of electronic products, electrical equipment and chemical products. The volume of production grew in the manufacture of wood, food and metal products.

In September, 70% of the whole production of manufacturing was sold on the external market. The export sales of manufacturing fell 3% compared to September 2012, while domestic sales increased 4%.

In September 2013 compared to August, the seasonally adjusted total industrial production decreased by 1%; manufacturing production remained on the level of the previous month.

Compared to September 2012, the production of electricity increased by 17%, while the production of heat fell by 8%.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2004 – September 2013 (2010 = 100)

Diagram: The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing

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In July the growth of industrial production continued

According to Statistics Estonia, in July 2013, the production of industrial enterprises increased by 8% compared to July of the previous year. The growth in the production was most of all influenced by the manufacture of electronic products, and production of electricity and peat.

Since January, manufacturing showed a stable 2–6% growth compared to the same month of the previous year. In July the production in manufacturing increased by 4% compared to July 2012. The production exceeded the volume of the previous year in more than half of the branches of industry. Among the branches of industry holding larger shares, the production grew in the manufacture of electronic, food, wood and chemical products. The volume of production fell in the manufacture of metal products, electrical equipment and furniture.

In July, 70% of the whole production of manufacturing was sold on the external market. According to unadjusted data, the export sales of manufacturing production grew 12% compared to July 2012. The demand on the domestic market was lower – domestic sales increased 5% compared to the previous year.

In July 2013 compared to June, the seasonally adjusted total industrial production increased by 2%, manufacturing production fell 1%.

Compared to July 2012, the production of electricity increased by 26%, while the production of heat fell 1%. The growth of electricity production was mainly caused by the partly replacement of imports of electricity with own production.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2004 – July 2013 (2010 = 100)

Diagram: The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2004 – July 2013

 

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