Value of Irish-made products rose in 2013 - CSOFriday 18 July 2014 11.20
The value of products manufactured and sold by Irish firms rose last year, according to the Central Statistics Office, as pharmaceutical and food production increased.
Almost €90bn worth of products were made and sold by Irish industrial enterprises during 2013, according to the figures, which was 4.6% higher than in the previous year.
The value of basic pharmaceutical products and preparations rose 7.2% to €29bn, while the value of food products was 6.7% higher at €18.9bn
Electrical goods were down sharply, however, losing 8.8% of their value to €9.6bn.
Last year more than €40bn – or 44.6% - of Irish product sales were in the chemical and pharmaceutical category. This is a higher proportion than was recorded in 2012.
Chemical and pharmaceutical products made up 11.7% of sales value across most European Union countries in 2012 with the exception of Croatia, which only became a member last year.
Almost 24% of Irish product sales last year were in the food and beverages sector, while computer and electrical sales accounted for 10.7% of the value.
The figures are part of the CSO’s 2013 Prodcom survey, which is the EU’s standard classification of production statistics.