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Domestic and foreign sales of German machinery industry 2008 - 2017

Foreign sales keep on growing since 2014, domestic sales almost stagnating

This report highlights the differences in the course of domestic and foreign sales of the German machinery industry. The analyses of total sales and production as well as foreign sales in export markets are covered by special reports.

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May 3rd, 2016 - The differences in the course of domestic and foreign sales will become apparent when both are related to a common starting point. For this purpose we set the pre-crisis year 2008 to 100 for both domestic and foreign sales. 


The diagram opens up three tendencies in the course of domestic and foreign sales.


Foreign sales work and confirm themselves as growth engine. They already exceed their pre-crisis level in 2010. Since 2014 foreign sales have been growing continuously and 2017 as strongly as they did lastly in 2010.


Domestic sales, however, remain still below pre-crisis level. After the rise out of the crisis trough, domestic sales fall back and reach their level of 2010 only again in 2015 exceeding it slightly in 2017. So domestic sales are showing an almost stagnating development.

Domestic and foreign sales of German machinery industry 2008 - 2017.

Foreign sales have been growing significantly more strongly than domestic sales. So their line spreads itself somewhat from that of the domestic sales.


However, the focus is on the parallelism in the course of both sales. So there is neither in inland nor on important export markets an exceptional business cycle that would provide an exceptional development for the sales of the German machinery industry.


In fact, it is the worldwide economic situation, in particular that of the wolrdwide industrial production, that sets its unified stamp on domestic and foreign sales. The report about trends in the worldwide industrial production analyses this stamp in more detail.

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