French Industrial Production Unexpectedly Declined in April

06/10/2021 | 12:59am
Maria Martinez

By Maria Martinez

French industrial production fell slightly in April, missing expectations for an increase, data from statistics agency Insee showed Thursday.

Total industrial output--comprising output in manufacturing, energy and construction--decreased 0.1% in April compared with March. Economists had forecast a 0.5% increase in April, according to a poll by The Wall Street Journal.

Insee upwardly revised the on-month industrial production figure for March to a 1.0% increase from a 0.8% rise previously.

Compared with February 2020--the last month before the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe--total industrial output was down 5.5% in April 2021 in calendar-adjusted terms.

Manufacturing output was down 0.3% in April compared with the previous month. Energy production rose 1.3%, while construction output fell 0.8%.

Write to Maria Martinez at maria.martinez@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

06-10-21 0259ET

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