SatsSA recently revealed the manufacturing, production and sales statistics for April 2015 in South Africa.
The report revelaed that the 2,0% year-on-year decrease in manufacturing production in April 2015 was mainly due to lower production in the following divisions:
- Basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery (-4,5% and contributing -0,9 of a percentage point);
- Petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products (-2,8% and contributing -0,6 of a percentage point);
- Radio, television and communication apparatus and professional equipment (-15,3% and contributing -0,3 of a percentage point); and
- Wood and wood products, paper, publishing and printing (-2,3% and contributing -0,3 of a percentage point).
Seasonally adjusted manufacturing production increased by 0,1% in the three months ended April 2015 compared with the previous three months. Four of the ten manufacturing divisions reported positive growth rates over this period.
The largest positive contribution to the increase of 0,1% was made by the motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment division (6,3% and contributing 0,5 of a percentage point.) The largest negative contribution was made by the petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products division (-3,1% and contributing -0,7 of a percentage point.)
See the full report at SatsSA