Industrial turnover increased by 24.3 pc in the first quarter of the year, compared to the similar interval of 2010, according to data released yesterday by the National Statistics Institute (INS) through a press release. Over the interval, the extractive industry turnover only went up 0.2 pc, the sector of intermediary goods rose by 36.7 pc, capital goods by 31.2 pc, the energy industry 23.2 pc, the branches producing durables 9.5 pc and consumer goods 4.5 pc. New orders placed with industry increased by 26.4 pc in Q1 year-on-year, and the trend was general for all industry sectors: intermediary goods (+35.4 pc), durables (+31.9 pc), capital goods (+24.2 pc), consumer goods (+6.1 pc).
In a different move, the INS announced that the registration of new road vehicles for passengers dropped by 7.7 pc in the first quarter, against the same interval of 2010, to 42,493 units, while freight vehicle registrations increased by 57.9 pc, to 12,889 units. The total number of automobiles registered during January-March 2011 was 41,174, down 8 pc from a year ago.