Dutch orders fall behind Europe

24th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 July 2006, AMSTERDAM – Dutch industry fell behind the rest of Europe in May in filling its order books, according to figures released by European statistics bureau Eurostat on Monday.

24 July 2006

AMSTERDAM – Dutch industry fell behind the rest of Europe in May in filling its order books, according to figures released by European statistics bureau Eurostat on Monday.

Dutch industry booked 5.7% fewer orders in May than the previous month. The figures for the month put it near the bottom of the list of 25 European countries.

The picture was not all gloom, however. The Dutch economy performed relatively well in the months leading up to May, with above-average orders.

Meanwhile European industry is filling up its order books fast. Orders in May were 1.5% higher than the previous month, Eurostat said. Orders stayed level during April but declined by 1.1% in March. Transport materials and textiles did particularly well.

European industry order books were 13% fuller compared to a year ago. Dutch industry order books were 17.2% fuller than a year ago.

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