Total industry index up 5.8 per
Maltas Total Industry index witnessed a positive
trend during this years second quarter, by witnessing an overall
increase of 5.8 per cent. The employment index and the wages and salaries
index, meanwhile, also registered increases of 10.1 per cent and 13.2
per cent respectively when compared with the April-June quarter of 2002.
Turnover in capital goods increased over this years second quarter
by no less than 25.1 per cent, when compared to Q2 2002. The group of
goods employment index, however, dropped by 2.6 per cent, while
its wages and salaries index increased by 12 per cent this year.
Consumer goods turnover also grew substantially, rising 15.6 per cent
between April and June. Employment in the sub-sector skyrocketed, soaring
by 80.8 per cent the group's wages and salaries index rose by 41.1 per
The turnover index of the Consumer Non-Durable Goods group increased
by 5.7 per cent. The employment index increased by 1.9 per cent while
wages and salaries index increased by 7.8 per cent.
The Energy group, again recorded relatively stable indicators. The turnover
index decreased nominally by 0.1 per cent. The employment index also
recorded a fall of 1.3 per cent, however, its wages and salaries index
rose by 13.6 per cent.
The Intermediate Goods category showed a three per cent increase in
its turnover index. Its employment rose by 3.5 per cent to 102.8 in
2003 from 99.4 last year. In the period under review, the wages and
salaries increased by 11.9 per cent from 99.8 in the second quarter
2002 to 111.7 in 2003.