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Argentine industrial activity in May contracts for the nineteenth month running

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 13:01 UTC
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Industrial activity has been sliding mainly because of a 23.1% drop in soybean crushing; 13.3% in basic metals and 9.7% in the auto industry Industrial activity has been sliding mainly because of a 23.1% drop in soybean crushing; 13.3% in basic metals and 9.7% in the auto industry
But sectors linked to the construction industry have rebounded with a rise of 4.2% in non metal minerals, mainly cement which climbed 7.8%. But sectors linked to the construction industry have rebounded with a rise of 4.2% in non metal minerals, mainly cement which climbed 7.8%.
 Argentina exports linked to industrial production suffered a dramatic decrease of 33.1%, year on, during May, totaling 3.4bn dollars. Argentina exports linked to industrial production suffered a dramatic decrease of 33.1%, year on, during May, totaling 3.4bn dollars.

Argentine May industrial activity was up 0.4% over April but down 3.8% in May compared to a year ago and in the first five months of 2015 has contracted 2.6%, according to the monthly survey from the Argentine Industrial Union, UIA, released on Wednesday.

 May confirms the nineteenth month running that Argentine industrial activity has been sliding mainly because of a 23.1% drop in soybean crushing; 13.3% in basic metals and 9.7% in the auto industry. Car manufacturing suffered mostly from a drop in exports to Brazil, Argentina's main client, but also because of a less strong domestic demand.

The UIA survey points out that although in seven of the twelve sectors analyzed, activity has fallen, in five there has been a rebound. These are linked to the construction industry, with a rise of 4.2% in non metal minerals, mainly cement which climbed 7.8%.

Other healthy sectors include chemical substances and products, up 7.6%, pushed by a greater production of chemicals for agriculture and fertilizers, and another sector: edition and printing, which increased 2.%.

Regarding overseas trade, Argentina exports linked to industrial production suffered a dramatic decrease of 33.1%, year on, during May, totaling 3.4bn dollars. In five months this represents 17bn dollars compared to 21.1bn dollars in the five months of last year (down 19.1%).

The falling figures in May and the five calendar months (25% and 19%) are closely linked to a strong contraction in the volume of exports.
Meanwhile May imports totaled almost 5bn dollars or down 16% from a year ago. Likewise in the Jan-May period, the decrease reached 15%, with total imports of 23.2bn dollars.

Categories: Economy, Argentina.

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  • yankeeboy

    As I said last year the increase in Soy production would not make up for the decrease in demand and price.

    When industry falls for 19mos you're in a depression

    high inflation and depression
    hard to do
    impossible to fix
    :)

    Jul 16th, 2015 - 01:20 pm 0
  • chronic

    Yep. You heard it here first. Economic decay without abatement.

    Jul 16th, 2015 - 02:11 pm 0
  • Condorito

    and I was just telling the illiterate campesino to get back to his soybeans yesterday.

    Jul 16th, 2015 - 02:32 pm 0
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