Turkey’s industrial production rose 8.7% year-on-year in July, less than forecasted after rebounding strongly in previous months as coronavirus measures were lifted, official data showed Monday.
The data came after a strong run in which rebounds in consumption, exports and tourism set the economy on a path to near 10% overall growth this year, leaving last year’s initial coronavirus fallout behind.
Month-on-month, industrial output shrank 4.2% in July on a calendar and seasonally adjusted basis, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said.
Industry representatives have attributed the decline to the nine-day Islamic holiday of Qurban Bayram, also known as Eid al-Adha, which started on July 17 and lasted through July 26.
In a Reuters poll, production was forecast to have risen 15.1% annually in July after output surged 23.9% in June.
Many Turkish factories halted work in March last year, soon after the first COVID-19 infection was recorded. Output dropped 31.4% in April and 19.9% in May before recovery began in June.
The data Monday showed the manufacturing index went up 7.9% year-on-year in July. The mining and quarrying index also increased by 15.2%, while the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply index rose by 11.7%.
Throughout the pandemic, Turkey imposed temporary curfews and business closures, including a tough but brief lockdown in April and May of this year due to surging COVID-19 cases, but manufacturing and the broader economy were largely unaffected. The measures were lifted in June.
Turkey’s economy grew a massive 21.7% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to official data, rebounding powerfully after a sharp slowdown a year earlier driven by COVID-19 restrictions.
The government foresees 9% growth this year, according to recently released medium-term forecasts.