- DG Enterprise and Industry.
All available short-term data (production, incoming orders, trade figures and business and consumer-confidence indicators) now confirm a sustained and dynamic rebound of economic activity in industry, with manufacturing output presently (Q1) growing at an annualised rate of more than 10%.
The recovery from the crisis is becoming more pertinent across majority sectors of EU industry. Data on manufacturing production for March 2010 show growth of 6.7% over the previous year and growth of some 3% over the last three months. Manufacturing production has now increased in nine out of the last ten months. Output in March was 7.5% above its cyclical trough in May 2009, but still 15% below its former peak in early 2008. First signs of recovery became also apparent in construction output which registered a significant increase in March after over a year of continuous downfall. The latest data for tourism from the beginning of 2010 also indicate that the revival is underway in this sector.