Industry Turnover’s nominal year-on-year change rate was, in March, -8.3% (-7.0% in February). Sales for the domestic market decreased by 9.2% (reduction of 8.3% in the previous month), while the external market index change rate was -7.2% (-5.3% in the previous month). This behaviour may have been influenced by a working day effect (there were less two working days in March 2013 comparing with March 2012).
In the first quarter 2013 industry turnover index decreased, in year-on-year terms, 5.9% (decrease of 3.7% in the previous quarter). Also in year-on-year terms, employment, wages and hours worked, adjusted for calendar effects, decreased by 3.7%, 2.1% and 4.4%, respectively.