According to the data of the State Statistical Office, the business situation in August 2011 according to the managers is more satisfactory compared to the previous month, as well as compared to August 2010. The situation with the present volume of production orders is more satisfactory compared to the previous month. The production volume of the business entities in August 2011 increased compared to the previous month; the expectations for the production
volume are favourable for the next three months, while the expectations for the number of employees are at the same level as in the previous month. The stocks of raw materials and intermediate goods and the purchases of raw materials and intermediate goods in August 2011 are below and around the normal level. The stocks of finished products increased compared to the previous month. The average capacity utilization level of the business entities in August 2011, compared to the previous month, increased slightly to 62.2% of normal utilization. The factors that
had the greatest influence on limiting the production volume in August 2011 were: insufficient foreign demand with 20.9%, insufficient domestic demand with 19.0%, financial problems with 12.0% and uncertainty of the economic environment with 8.6%.