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Orders and turnover in industry, April 2021

Orders in industry decreased in April

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2021-06-08 9.30

Total orders in industry decreased by 2.5 percent in April 2021 compared with March, in seasonally adjusted figures. Compared with April 2020, total orders in industry increased by 30.5 percent in calendar-adjusted figures.

The industrial subsectors noted a mixed development on a monthly basis. The largest decrease was noted in the industry for printing and reproduction of recorded media, down by 28.3 percent. The largest increase was noted in the industry for other transport equipment, up by 25.6 percent. Total orders in industry decreased both on the domestic market and on the export market. Compared with March, the domestic market decreased by 0.4 percent and the export market decreased by 3.4 percent, in seasonally adjusted figures.

Total orders in industry increased on an annual basis

The COVID-19 outbreak started to significantly impact orders in industry in March 2020, which should be taken into account when comparing annual development statistics.

On an annual basis, total orders in industry increased by 30.5 percent compared with April 2020, in calendar-adjusted figures. Orders received from customers in Sweden increased by 15.9 percent and orders received from customers abroad increased by 42.8 percent.

Total orders in industry in March have been revised

The figures for April are preliminary. Since the previous publication, the seasonally adjusted monthly development in March compared with February has been revised upwards by 0.6 percentage points to -1.2 percent. The calendar-adjusted development in March compared with March of the previous year has been revised upwards by 0.9 percentage points to 10.9 percent.

For a more comprehensive understanding of the statistics, it is relevant to analyse the effects of seasonal and calendar adjustments on the statistics.

Percentage changes in orders
NACE 2007 INDUSTRY TITLE Apr 2021/
Mar 2021[1]
Jan-Apr 2021/
Jan-Apr 2020[2]
Apr 2021/
Apr 2020[2]
Share of orders in total industry 2020
    Tot Dom Exp Tot Dom Exp Tot Dom Exp  
B+C Mines and quarries and manufacturing industry ‑2.5 ‑0.4 ‑3.4 13.4 4.6 19.6 30.5 15.9 42.8 100.0
- Intermediate goods industry ‑0.3 ‑0.1 4.1 10.7 6.8 13.9 17.2 12.5 21.2 43.1
- Energy excl. NACE rev 2. Section D ‑10.2 .. .. ‑8.4 .. .. ‑0.7 .. .. 4.2
- Capital goods industry ‑2.1 2.0 ‑5.4 29.0 14.4 35.3 80.6 54.9 94.2 33.5
- Non-durable consumer goods industry ‑2.2 ‑2.1 0.2 ‑3.4 ‑3.0 ‑3.9 ‑1.9 ‑1.5 ‑2.2 17.4
- Durable consumer goods industry ‑2.3 .. .. 11.5 .. .. 37.0 .. .. 1.9
B Mines and quarries 14.6 8.1 16.3 2.9 5.2 1.2 3.1 7.1 0.0 3.2
C Manufacturing industry ‑2.7 ‑1.7 ‑3.6 13.7 4.6 20.1 31.6 16.2 44.6 96.8
10-12 Food product, beverage and tobacco industry ‑1.6 ‑2.5 ‑0.1 ‑1.5 ‑3.1 4.9 0.1 ‑1.8 8.2 10.1
13-15 Industry for textile and leather products ‑7.7 ‑17.2 ‑5.0 6.1 17.9 ‑1.6 47.7 28.3 67.3 0.7
16 Industry for wood and wood products ‑1.3 ‑0.4 ‑6.1 ‑1.5 4.4 ‑12.4 2.3 6.5 ‑7.9 5.7
17 Industry for pulp, paper and paper products 5.1 2.7 5.6 1.6 3.6 1.1 19.2 18.0 19.5 6.5
18 Industry for printing and reproduction of recorded media ‑28.3 ‑6.8 ‑75.9 ‑3.6 0.1 ‑20.6 ‑5.8 10.9 ‑65.1 0.9
19 Industry for coke and refined petroleum products ‑10.2 .. .. ‑8.4 .. .. ‑0.7 .. .. 4.2
20-21 Industry for chemicals and industry for pharmaceutical products 5.7 ‑5.6 8.0 3.7 ‑0.4 4.5 2.0 ‑11.2 4.7 9.9
22 Industry for rubber and plastic products 4.3 3.3 4.4 10.7 7.4 14.1 18.5 16.7 20.4 2.6
23 Industry for other non-metallic mineral products ‑0.3 0.6 3.2 3.9 4.0 1.2 4.8 2.1 23.0 2.7
24 Industry for basic metals ‑3.1 0.7 ‑3.5 16.2 9.1 19.3 29.6 30.4 29.1 8.7
25 Industry for manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment ‑5.8 ‑0.2 ‑1.0 11.4 11.9 11.1 29.1 22.3 44.8 7.4
26 Industry for manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products 18.4 ‑1.1 28.0 22.1 8.2 27.3 50.2 16.0 63.8 2.4
27 Industry for manufacture of electrical equipment 1.1 ‑5.1 9.2 27.8 ‑5.9 53.9 19.4 ‑8.2 41.0 3.5
28 Industry for machinery and equipment n.e.c. 1.8 16.1 ‑0.4 16.4 12.5 17.9 44.6 41.2 46.2 10.9
29 Industry for motor vehicles 2.4 1.1 ‑2.7 40.2 19.1 46.8 151.8 139.8 155.6 14.2
30 Industry for other transport equipment 25.6 24.5 ‑23.0 133.1 77.8 173.5 125.9 129.4 111.4 1.7
31-33 Industry for other manufacturing, repair and installation of machinery and equipment 0.3 0.8 2.2 ‑0.4 ‑1.5 1.7 11.5 6.5 23.0 4.7

1) Calendar and seasonally adjusted figures 2) Calendar adjusted figures 3) Data marked with .. includes classified information or missing data

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Revisions

When the orders index and the turnover index for a new month are published, the indices for previous months are also revised. The material is normally revised for between two and four months retroactively, depending on which month of the quarter is the reference month. The whole previous quarter is revised when publishing the first and second months of a quarter. Calendar adjusted figures, seasonally adjusted figures and trend figures are revised from January 2000 onwards.

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