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Latest publication: New orders in manufacturing 2021, May

Published: 8 May 2020

New orders in manufacturing fell by 9.3 per cent year-on-year in March

According to Statistics Finland, the value of new orders in manufacturing was 9.3 per cent lower in March 2020 than twelve months earlier. During January to March, orders decreased by 5.6 per cent from the year before. Orders have declined continuously for three months.

Annual change in new orders in manufacturing (original series), % (TOL2008)

Annual change in new orders in manufacturing (original series), % (TOL2008)

Enterprises received more orders in March than twelve months ago in the chemical industry, where orders increased by 9.6 per cent year-on-year. In other manufacturing sub-industries orders declined. In the industry of the manufacture of paper and paper board products, orders declined by 6.1 per cent and in the metal industry by 13.9 per cent year-on-year.

When interpreting these statistics, it should be borne in mind that they typically show strong fluctuations by month. Even new orders of substantial value are not examined over extended time periods but for the statistical reference month only.

Change in new orders in manufacturing 3/2019– 3/2020

Change in new orders in manufacturing 3/2019– 3/2020

The index of new orders in manufacturing describes development in the value of new orders received by enterprises for commodities and services that are meant to be produced by establishments located in Finland. These statistics are based on non-probability sampling, in which the basic observation unit is an enterprise or a kind-of-activity unit. The sample comprises monthly 400 to 450 enterprises or their kind-of-activity units. Index point figures and annual change percentages are published monthly for four industry categories. The time series start from January 2005 and their base year is 2015 (2015=100). The index figures may become slightly revised as new data accumulate and enterprises report changes to their data. Due to supplementations, the latest 12 months are revised in the releases. A detailed description of the statistics and the calculation method are included in the quality description on the home page of the statistics.

Source: New orders in manufacturing 2020, March. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Jussi Haavisto 029 551 3341, Maarit Mäkelä 029 551 3324, volyymi.indeksi@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Statistics: New orders in manufacturing [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-6737. March 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 5.8.2021].
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