The results of the Economic Activities Index for the month of July 2021, when compared to the month of June 2021, point to falls in the turnover indices, of employment and wages by 3.7 percent, 0.7 percent and 0.5 percent respectively. According to the analysis published by INE, the negative change in turnover, which occurs for the third consecutive month, was due to the order of importance of the decrease in the transport and storage, commerce and industrial production sectors, with 15.8 percent, 7.0 percent and 5.3 percent respectively. increments of 17.7 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively. The accommodation and catering sector registered a stabilization of invoicing in the month under analysis. Given the great importance of the industrial sector, it is noteworthy that its negative variation was influenced by the activities of preparation and preservation, fruit and vegetables, procurement and first processing of non-ferrous metals and fabrication of metal construction elements, reservoirs and steam generators. The slight drop in employment in July 2021 was determined by falls in the industrial production (-6.1 percent), transport and storage sectors. , as well as other non-financial services with a 0.1 percent decrease each, a fact that surpassed the accommodation, catering and similar sectors, as well as the trade sector with a 1.3 percent and 0.4 percent increase respectively. of the remuneration index, which has been registered for the second consecutive month, resulted from the declines registered in the industrial production sectors (-2.9% to), commerce (-1.2 percent) and transport and storage (-0.6 percent), a trend contradicted by the sectors of accommodation, restaurants and similar and other non-financial services, which appreciated positively by 6.4 percent and 0 .1 percent respectively compared to the previous month. Comparing the global indices for the month of July 2021 with those for the same period in 2020, the turnover, remuneration and employment indices registered increases of 18.1 percent, 13.2 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively, a fact that reflects the relaxation of the Public Disaster Situation measures, referring to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in most of the country’s business sector. Source:O País

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