This Tuesday, the Indec reported that industrial activity increased 6.9% during June compared to the same month in 2021, and registered an increase of 2.6% compared to May, according to the Manufacturing Industrial Production Index. In turn, the construction sector showed an increase of 7.2% in interannual terms in June, but fell 1.8% in relation to May, according to the situation indicators of the construction activity of the organism.

In the first half of the year, the manufacturing sector accumulated a rise of 5.9% and the construction sector 6.5%. In addition, it was learned that in June, fourteen of the sixteen divisions of the industry presented year-on-year increases.

In order of their impact on the general level, an increase of 37.6% was recorded in “Clothing, leather and footwear”, in particular due to higher sales of footwear driven by greater work presence and holding of events.

According to company directors relieved by the Indec, the increase in operations carried out through the Now 12 program contributed, which allowed consumers to purchase these products in three, six and 12 fixed installments.

They also presented increases “Machinery and equipment” (in particular, agricultural), 18.3%; “Other equipment, apparatus and instruments”, 28.4%; “Basic metal industries”, 8.9%; “Food and beverages”, 1.9%; “Non-metallic mineral products”, 10%; “Motor vehicles”, 11.2%; “Chemical substances and products”, 3.3%; “Oil refining”, 12.8%; “Furniture and mattresses, and other manufacturing industries”, 7.7%. Rubber and plastic products”, 3%; “Wood, paper, publishing and printing”, 1.3%; “Other transport equipment”, 11.8%; and “Textile products”, 0.2%.

For their part, the divisions corresponding to “Metal products” showed falls, 6.4%; and “Tobacco”; 17.5%.

Regarding supplies for construction in June, they showed increases of 24.5% in manufactured concrete in relation to the same month of the previous year; 22.3% in plasterboard; 20.6% in the “rest of inputs” which includes taps, seamless steel tubes and glass. They also closed with increases of 15.7% in round iron and steel; 14.8% in portland cement; 10.3% in ceramic sanitary ware; 9.3% in paints; 8.1% in ceramic floors and coverings; 8% gypsum and 2.5% lime.

Meanwhile, drops of 8.2% are observed in hollow bricks; 4% in asphalt; and 1.9% in granitic and calcareous mosaics.

In the index accumulated during the first six months of the year, in relation to the same period of the previous year, increases of 27.4% are observed in the rest of the inputs (includes taps, seamless steel tubes and glass for construction); 16.1% in finished concrete; 15.5% in asphalt; 12.4% in round iron and steel for construction; 11.5% in portland cement; 9.8% in plaster; 9.4% in plasterboard; 7.5% in granitic and calcareous mosaics; 6.0% in ceramic sanitary ware and 5.9% in lime.

On the other hand, decreases of 5.9% are observed in hollow bricks; 0.6% in ceramic floors and coverings; and 0.5% in paints for construction. According to the synthetic indicator of construction activity (ISAC), an interannual increase of 15.7% was registered in the internal consumption of round iron and steel for construction.