Manufacturing investments due to rise

Manufacturing and other heavy industries plan to invest 73 billion kronor in Swedish operations this year, according to a survey by Statistics Sweden. If the figures are borne out, it would mean a 15 percent increase since last year.

The mining industry is among those increasing its investments. The industry has increased its investments substantially over the past few years, and this year is expected to increase investments by 20 percent.

The chemical industry is expected to increase investments by 50 percent. Investments in the auto industry are also predicted to reach record levels, according to the report.