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Investment outlays up by 12.3% in Q1


2012-05-25



Large and medium-sized companies employing 50 or more people reported investment outlays of PLN 17.6bn (approx. €4.2bn) in the first quarter of 2012, which in real terms translates into an increase of 12.3% over the same period a year earlier, according to the Central Statistical Office (GUS). By way of comparison, in Q1 2011 investment outlays inched up by 2.6% y-o-y.

Expenditures on machinery, technical equipment and tools – the largest category representing 50.1% of the total – rose 10.8% in relation to Q1 2011. Outlays on buildings and structures (34.3% of the total) grew by 11.3% y-o-y, while investments in transport equipment (14.5%) jumped by 20.3% y-o-y.

Of the main sectors of the economy (for which GUS reports data in nominal terms), the largest increases in investment outlays occurred in mining-quarrying (up by 51.2% y-o-y), followed by accommodation and catering (up by 38.1% y-o-y), trade and repair of motor vehicles (up by 33.7% y-o-y), water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (up by 33.2% y-o-y), administrative and support service activities (up by 18.4% y-o-y) and transportation and storage (up by 18.2% y-o-y). In the manufacturing sector investments rose by 12.9% y-o-y. By contrast, in the construction sector investment outlays slumped by 20.8% y-o-y.

As for the country’s manufacturing sub-sectors, leather and related products reported the highest jump in investment outlays (up by an impressive 265.9% y-o-y). Very strong increases were also noted in the manufacture of electrical equipment (up by 90.8% y-o-y) or in other transport equipment (up by 71.5% y-o-y). In beverages outlays went up by 49.1% y-o-y, in wood, cork, straw and wicker products by 42.6% y-o-y, in chemicals and chemical products by 36% y-o-y, in motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers by 31.8% y-o-y, in food products by 30.9% y-o-y, in rubber and plastic products by 27.2% y-o-y. By contrast, in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products investments tumbled by 61.8% y-o-y, in paper and paper products they declined by 37.5% y-o-y, in wearing apparel by 16.2% y-o-y, in computer, electronic and optical products by 15.8% y-o-y, and in the basic metals industry by 10.8% y-o-y.

Investment outlays in Poland, by key sectors, Q1 2012
Note: data from enterprises employing 50 or more people
* real change
** nominal change
GUS, 2012
Value (PLN bn)Y-o-y change
Total17.612.3%*
Industry 10.4 14.6%**
- mining and quarrying 1.4 51.2%**
- manufacturing 5.9 12.9%**
- electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 2.5 1.0%**
- water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 0.6 33.2%**
Construction 0.4 -20.8%**
Trade; repair of motor vehicles 2.1 33.7%**
Transportation and storage 1.7 18.2%**
Accommodation and catering 0.2 38.1%**
Information and communication 1.2 7.8%**
Real estate activities 0.2 3.7%**
Administrative and support service activities 1.1 18.4%**

Investment outlays in manufacturing in Poland, by sub-sectors (y-o-y nominal change, %), Q1 2012



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