According to Insee, output in the manufacturing industry (+1.1%, after +0.7%), and in the whole industry (+1.0%, after +0.5%) increased again in August. In comparison to February 2020 (the last month before the first general lockdown), output in the manufacturing industry (–4.5%) and the whole industry (–3.9%) continued to decease.

Output recovered in “other manufacturing” (+2.4% after –0.4%), in the manufacturing of machinery and equipment goods (+1.8% after –0.3%), coke and refined petroleum products (+3.2% after –7.4%), and in mining and quarrying, energy, and water supply (+0.5% after –1.0%). However, output decreased in manufacturing of food products and beverages (–1.6% after +1.7%) and transport equipment (–1.6% after +7.0%).

In comparison to February 2020, output remained in decline in most industrial activities. It fell in the manufacturing of transport equipment (-23.8%), motor vehicles, trailers, and semi-trailers (-20.1%), and other transport equipment (-26.3%). It also fell sharply in the production of coke and refined petroleum (-9.7%). More moderate declines were recorded in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (-2.6%), in “other manufacturing” (-1.5%), and in mining and quarrying, energy, and water supply (-0.3%). However, output in the manufacture of food and drinks recorded an increase (+0.9%).

Over the last 3 months, cumulative output increased YoY in the manufacturing industry (+5.1%), and in the whole industry (+4.9%).

Over this 1-year period, output climbed sharply in all manufacturing activities: in “other manufacturing” (+6.1%), in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (+6.0%), food products and beverages (+3.4%), transport equipment (+1.9%), coke and refined petroleum products (+7.9%), and in mining and quarrying, energy, and water supply (+3.8%).

The manufacturing index's evolution between June 2021 and July 2021 is revised upwards by 0.1 points (after rounding), reaching +0.7% instead of +0.6%. The whole industrial output evolution is likewise revised upwards by 0.2 points (after rounding) to +0.5% rather than +0.3%.