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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Press release No.N 075 from November 18, 2020

In the same period from January to September 2020, pasta production was on average 20% higher than in the same period last year
In comparison, toilet paper production remained relatively constant

WIESBADEN – The demandafter certain hygiene articles as well as everyday products rose significantly during the corona pandemic. Domestic production of certain goods also increased in the previous “Corona year” 2020, as the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports on the basis of a special analysis of the production survey. The average production of disinfectants from January to September 2020 was 80% higher than in the same period of the previous year.

Manufacturing companies reacted to changed demand in the corona crisis

The companies in Germany with 50 or more employees have already reacted to the changed demand with the outbreak of the corona pandemic: While the production of disinfectants in January 2020 was already 29% above the same month last year, in April 2020 it reached the previous year’s high point: at 14 800 tons of active ingredient weight was produced 161% more than in April 2019 with around 5 700 tons.

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Production of pasta in March 2020 82% higher than in March 2019

Pasta is often used for storage or for quick preparation of a meal. Although the restaurants in Germany had to close for local consumption in March 2020 to contain the corona pandemic, the companies in this country have expanded the production of pasta: In March 2020, a good 36,600 tons, 72% more pasta were produced than in the previous month and 82% more than in March 2019. If you look at the previous Corona year 2020, there is also an increase in production: From January to September 2020, production was on average 20% higher than in the same period of the previous year.

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Similar to the disinfectant, the increased production of pasta in the period from January to September 2020 compared to the same period of the previous year indicates that there is actually a higher demand for these goods.

The situation is different with toilet paper, which was also in high demand in retail when the crisis broke out in Germany. In March 2020, at 108,300 tons, 17% more toilet paper was produced than in March 2019, and in April 2020 12% more was produced than in the same month last year. However, looking at the periods from January to September 2019 (88,400 tons) and 2020 (85,300 tons) shows that the production of toilet paper has remained on average at a similar level (-3.5%).

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Increased production of toys in the Corona crisis

Reducing contacts and staying at home – that was and is a central imperative to contain the Covid 19 pandemic, both in Germany and in other countries. Whether the goods produced in Germany are sold domestically, initially stored in warehouses or exported abroad cannot be determined individually – however, it is certain that companies in Germany have recently produced more toys: In September 2020, the value of the toys produced was Toys at 202 million euros, 52 million euros higher than in September 2019 (+ 35%). From January to September 2020, their average value was 3.4% higher than in the same period of the previous year.

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The value of sports equipment production fell by 17% from January to September 2020

In addition to restaurants and department stores, fitness studios and sports clubs also had to temporarily close their doors in March 2020. The value of the sports equipment produced, such as cross trainers, ergometer bikes or trampolines, collapsed during this first phase of contact restrictions: While sports equipment worth around 9.2 million euros was produced in April 2019, the production value in April 2020 was only around 5.8 million euros, a decrease of 37%. When looking at the period from January to September 2020, the production value was on average 17% lower than in the same period of the previous year.

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Methodological note The information relates to the monthly production survey in the manufacturing industry and the quarrying of stones and earth, in which companies with at least 50 employees are surveyed.

Further information Although politics and trade associations guaranteed the supply of goods for daily needs, so-called “hamster purchases” increased in the context of the lockdowns. Using experimental Scanner data the demand for selected commercial goods was evaluated.

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