Managers estimate for the period February to April 2015 increases in retail trade and in the processing industry and construction, and a relative stability in services versus the previous three months, according the conjunctural balance indicator, the National Statistics Institute (INS) informed on Friday.
Within the conjunctural survey in February 2015, managers in the processing industry forecast for the next quarter a moderate increase in the production volume (conjunctural balance +15%). As to estimating production, for some activities there will be a growing trend, as follows: the making of beverages (conjunctural balance +35%) and the making of paper and paper products (conjunctural balance +31%).
The prices of industrial products are estimated to be relatively stable in the next three months (conjunctural balance +2%). As to the number of employees, it is estimated to be relatively stable, conjunctural balance of +3% per total processing industry.
According to the estimates in February 2015, in the construction activity there will be, in the next three months, a moderate growth in the productions volume (conjunctural balance + 11%). Managers estimate a moderate growth in the number of employees (conjunctural balance +7%) and in the stock of contracts and orders (conjunctural balance +8%). As to the prices of construction works, these are expected to be relatively stable (conjunctural balance +2%).
In the retail trade sector, managers estimate, for the next quarter, a moderate growth trend (conjunctural balance +13%).
According to the estimates in February 2015, the demand for services (turnover) will see relative stability in the next three months (conjunctural balance +5%). The service sector will record relative stability in the number of employees (conjunctural balance +5%). According to managers’ opinion, the sale or billing prices of services will be relatively stable (conjunctural balance -1%).
The INS informs that the conjunctural balance indicates respondents’ perception over the dynamics of a phenomenon, but it should not be confused with the intensity of the increase or decrease in the value of a statistical indicator.