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Provisional statistics on index of industrial production and producer price index for the industrial sector for the second quarter of 2014
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     According to the provisional results of a survey released today (September 12) by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD), the index of industrial production for manufacturing industries as a whole increased by 2.2% in the second quarter of 2014 over a year earlier, following a 2.1% year-on-year increase in the first quarter of 2014. The corresponding producer price index decreased by 0.4% in the second quarter of 2014 over a year earlier, following a 6.2% year-on-year decrease in the first quarter of 2014.

     The index of industrial production for sewerage, waste management and remediation activities increased by 2.1% in the second quarter of 2014 over a year earlier, following a 2.9% year-on-year increase in the first quarter of 2014. The corresponding producer price index increased by 2.2% in the second quarter of 2014 over a year earlier, following a 4.3% year-on-year increase in the first quarter of 2014.

     Indices of industrial production reflect changes in the volume of local industrial output after discounting the effect of price changes. The price changes are measured by the producer price indices compiled from data on producer prices of selected industrial goods/services collected in the same survey.

     Comparing the industrial production in respect of major manufacturing industries in the second quarter of 2014 with that a year earlier, increases in output volume were recorded in the food, beverages and tobacco industry (+8.8%); the wearing apparel industry (+2.1%); and the metal, computer, electronic and optical products, machinery and equipment industry (+0.2%). On the other hand, decreases in output volume were recorded in the textiles industry (-12.1%) and the paper products, printing and reproduction of recorded media industry (-2.4%).

     On a seasonally adjusted basis, the index of industrial production for manufacturing industries as a whole decreased by 0.8% in the second quarter of 2014 as compared with the first quarter of 2014.

     Producer price indices reflect changes in the prices of local output. They measure changes in the actual prices (net of any discounts or rebates allowed to buyers, plus any surcharges) received by producers for their output. Transportation and other incidental charges are not included.

     Comparing the second quarter of 2014 with a year earlier, decreases in producer prices were recorded in the metal, computer, electronic and optical products, machinery and equipment industry (-2.8%) and the paper products, printing and reproduction of recorded media industry (-2.3%). On the other hand, increases in producer prices were recorded in the food, beverages and tobacco industry (+1.9%); the textiles industry (+1.0%); and the wearing apparel industry (+0.5%).

     Table 1 shows the year-on-year percentage changes in the indices of industrial production by selected industry grouping. Table 2 shows the year-on-year percentage changes in the producer price indices for the industrial sector by selected industry grouping.

     The revised figures on indices of industrial production and producer price indices for the industrial sector for the second quarter of 2014 will be released at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/bbs.jsp) and relevant publications of the Department starting from October 20, 2014.

     Users can download the reports on "Quarterly Index of Industrial Production, 2nd Quarter 2014", and "Quarterly Producer Price Index for Industrial Sector, 2nd Quarter 2014" free of charge at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp310.jsp?productCode=B1070002 and www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp280.jsp?productCode=B1070003 respectively).

     Readers who have enquiries about the survey results may contact the Industrial Production Statistics Section of the C&SD (Tel: 2805 6643; Fax: 2123 1048; E-mail: [email protected]).

Ends/Friday, September 12, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:31

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