- 8 Feb 2019 8:48 AM
- Hungary Matters
Adjusted for the number of work days in the month, industrial output increased 5.7%. In a month-on-month comparison, output was up a seasonally and workday-adjusted 2.5%. For the full year, industrial output rose by 3.6%.
KSH said most branches of the manufacturing sector had contributed to the December growth. Output of the biggest branch, vehicle manufacturing, rose at a faster pace than in the previous month.
Output of the computer, electronics and optical equipment branch expanded significantly, while output of the food, drink and tobacco branch rose to a smaller degree, KSH said.
ING Bank chief analyst Péter Virovácz said the December increase was higher than expected, especially in light of seasonal shutdowns. Industrial output growth could reach 4 to 5% in 2019, though weaker output in Germany and a slowdown of global growth are downside risks, he added.
Takarékbank analyst Gergely Suppan also said the high December growth was a positive surprise and may have lifted Q4 GDP growth to 5%.
The introduction of new car models and added manufacturing sector capacities, along with robust domestic demand, could raise industrial output growth to 4.8% this year, he added.