Published: 15 May 2020

Output of the national economy fell in March

Adjusted for working days, industrial output fell by 2.7 per cent in March 2020 from one year back. Seasonally adjusted output in turn went down by 1.7 per cent in March from the month before. According to revised data, working day adjusted output grew in February 2020 by 1.2 per cent (previously 1.0 per cent) from February 2019.

Volume of total output 2005 to 2019, trend and seasonally adjusted series

Volume of total output 2005 to 2019, trend and seasonally adjusted series

The series of the Trend Indicator of Output are seasonally adjusted with the Tramo/Seats method. The latest observations of the series adjusted for seasonal and random variation (seasonally adjusted and trend series) become revised with new observations in seasonal adjustment methods. Revisions especially at turning points of economic trends may be significant, which should be taken into consideration when using seasonally adjusted and trend data.

Working day adjusted change of total output from previous year’s corresponding month, %

Working day adjusted change of total output from previous year’s corresponding month, %

Working day adjusted primary production decreased by around six per cent from the year before. Secondary production decreased by about two per cent and services by around three per cent from March 2019

Primary production refers to agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing. Secondary production includes manufacturing and construction. Services comprise trade, hotel and restaurant activities, transport and business activities, as well as real estate, renting and research services, financial intermediation and insurance, and public services.

GDP and employment are estimated to have grown in the first quarter of 2020

Seasonally adjusted GDP is estimated to have grown by 0.1 per cent from the previous quarter. According to the series adjusted for working days, GDP was 0.2 per cent up on the corresponding quarter of the year before. It is estimated that the number of the employed has increased by around 0.6 per cent from one year ago Adjusted for working days, the number of hours worked was around 0.2 per cent higher than in the same quarter of one year ago.

The data are based on preliminary data of the Trend Indicator of Output. The next quarterly national accounts with more detailed data will be published on 29 May 2020.

Flash estimate, seasonally adjusted, at reference year 2010 prices

Flash estimate, seasonally adjusted, at reference year 2010 prices

The compilation of the quarterly flash estimate is based on the change in production calculated through the Trend Indicator of Output and on the estimated development of taxes on products and subsidies on products.


Source: Trend Indicator of Output 2020 March, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Antti Kosunen 029 551 3613, Eljas Tuomaala 029 551 2723, kansantalous.suhdanteet@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jan Nokkala

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Updated 15.5.2020

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Trend Indicator of Output [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-5439. March 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.5.2020].
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