World Manufacturing Production (Report)

Published on: Wednesday, 08 Dec 2021

Each quarter, UNIDO Statistics publishes a report summarizing current growth trends in world manufacturing production across countries and major sectors. The report evaluates production data, collected and published by National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in UNIDO’s member states. This is the first statistical publication by UNIDO to be released on quarterly data. While a lot of economic research is based on detailed annual statistics on business structure, other international data users, especially policymakers and businesses, require more recent assessments of production trends.

COVID-19 first appeared almost two years ago and it remains one of the most pressing challenges to national health care systems and sustainable development. In addition to its direct impact, the pandemic also resulted in an increased volatility and a persistent uncertainty affecting economic decision-making. Currently, renewed restrictions to fight another infection wave in many European countries since November 2021 as well as the appearance of new coronavirus variants may again threaten the economic recovery and future prosperity. In the third quarter of 2021, global manufacturing production registered an output growth of 5.7 per cent compared to the same quarter of last year, following an increase of 17.7 per cent in the previous quarter. While the economic trajectories vary strongly among countries, the majority of observed economies experienced solid increases in manufacturing production compared to the previous year.

This report presents estimates for the third quarter of 2021 as well as revised estimates for the second quarter of 2021.

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