German industrial production down 10.8 pct in 2020

2021-02-22 15:35:18 GMT2021-02-22 23:35:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BERLIN, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- German industrial production in 2020, excluding energy and construction, fell by 10.8 percent year-on-year after price and calendar adjustments, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Monday.

During the first phase of COVID-19 restrictions in April and May last year, industrial production fell even more pronouncedly -- by around 25 percent. By December, production mostly recovered and was only down 1.5 percent year-on-year, according to Destatis.

In the car industry, the country's most important industrial sector, the decline in production was "particularly sharp" last year, Destatis noted. Manufacturers of motor vehicles and vehicle parts produced 25 percent less in 2020 than in the previous year.

As a result, the turnover of German industrial companies in the production of motor vehicles and vehicle parts in 2020 was 17.8 percent below the previous year's level, according to Destatis.

The mechanical engineering and metal industries in Germany also recorded significant declines. In mechanical engineering, the production value last year dropped by 13.8 percent from the previous year. Turnover of industrial companies in mechanical engineering was similarly affected, Destatis noted.

The only German industry in which production increased year-on-year was the wood and timber industry. The manufacture of wood, wickerwork, basketry and cork products, excluding furniture, increased by 3.1 percent last year compared with the previous year, Destatis noted. Enditem