PARIS, France – French confinement measures caused industrial output to plunge by 16.2% in March on a monthly basis, data released on Thursday, May 7, by the statistics institute Insee showed.
Activity declined “substantially” in all industrial sectors, after edging up by 0.8% in February, the institute said in a statement.
A breakdown of the data showed that construction activity was hit the hardest as it contracted by 40.1% after a slight 1.1% gain in February.
A slump in auto manufacturing pushed the transportation materials category down by 35.9% in March, but there were also a few exceptions to the downward trend.
For the 1st quarter as a whole, industrial output was 5.6% lower compared with the last 3 months of 2019, Insee said. – Rappler.com