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Industrial Production Index. 04/2020

The Industrial Production Index adjusted by working days dropped a 31.7% in Catalonia in April 2020 with respect to the same month of the previous year. For large industrial sectors, all of them decreased: equipment goods by 60.7%, intermediate goods by 29.4%, consumer goods by 16.5% and energy by 7.1%.

In this same period the Index of Industrial Production (which does not include energy and is not adjusted by working days) decreased a 37.6% compared to the year before.

The entry into force of Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 March, whereby a state of alarm is declared for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, and subsequently, the establishment of recoverable paid leave for workers in employment who do not provide essential services, the aim of which was to minimise their mobility from 30th March to 9th April, have caused the almost total paralysis of most of the industrial productive fabric in the first part of April and a gradual and staggered resumption of activity after the above period. However, the response rate has not been significantly different from a normal month, and therefore it has been decided that the estimated data can be published.