Data showing the short term movements in the output of industries in the production, construction and market services sectors for April to June 2021.
Impact of coronavirus
These estimates cover April to June 2021 which was during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Annual estimates for July 2020 to June 2021 are also included which was during the pandemic period.
Care should be taken when interpreting these indices, estimates for individual quarters can fluctuate and it is recommended that emphasis is based on longer term trends.
Estimates for Wales are typically more volatile than the UK, and as a result comparison between the two should be made with caution, especially over the shorter term.
Two of the three indices increased on an annual basis (the latest four quarters compared to the previous four quarters) for Wales. On a quarterly basis all three indices showed increases. This follows a period of change with the largest quarterly decreases on record in April to June 2020 (which included part of the initial lockdown period) and the subsequent largest increases on record during July to September 2020 (reflecting the easing of restrictions over the summer months).
Index of Market Services
Compared to the previous quarter, the index of market services increased by 3.6% in Wales and by 5.6% in the UK.
The increase in Wales was largely accounted for by an increase in Distribution.
The longer-term trends show a 3.4% increase for Wales and a 1.8% decrease for the UK in the year to June 2021, compared with the previous twelve months.
In Wales, six of the nine Market Service industry indices increased on an annual basis.
Index of Production
The Index of Production for Wales shows a 4.7% increase when compared to the previous quarter. UK output increased by 1.0% over the same period.
The longer-term trend for Wales shows a 0.6% decrease in the year to June 2021 on an annual basis. UK output increased by 1. 8% over the same period.
Index of Construction
The Index of Construction for Wales shows a 0.5% increase when comparing the latest quarter to the previous quarter. UK output increased by 3.8% over the same period.
The longer-term trend for Wales shows a 10.3% increase in the year to June 2021 on an annual basis. UK output increased by 4.1% over the same period.
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