In March 2010 compared with February 2010, the euro area1 (EA16) industrial new orders index2 rose by 5.2%. In February3 the index increased by 1.9%. In the EU271, new orders gained 5.9% in March 2010 after a rise of 1.1% in February3. Excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment4, for which changes tend to be more volatile, industrial new orders grew by 4.5% in the euro area and by 5.0% in the EU27. In March 2010 compared with March 2009, industrial new orders increased by 19.8% in the euro area and by 20.7% in the EU27. Total industry excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment4 rose by 20.2% and 20.3% respectively.