I read a sentence:

Industrial production rose 2.27 percent on the month in April after surging 33.04 percent in March, with year-on-year growth picking up from a decline of 1.1 percent to an increase of 3.9 percent.

What does "on the month" mean here? Does it mean "month to date"?

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    I suspect what should have been written is rose 2.27 percent in the month of April. Writing 2.27 percent in April is fine, but the author most likely got confused when trying to insert the month for some reason, and ended up using the wrong prepositions. Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 0:22
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    @Jason: No, this is an idiom that has bled over from (American) sports. Statements like "That makes 23 home runs on the year for Bates" are quite commonly heard here.
    – Robusto
    Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 0:46
  • Thanks for your answers!
    – user387981
    Commented Jun 10, 2020 at 1:46

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Consider this, from the UK Telegraph, May 15, 2020:

Sales dived by more than 16pc on the month in April, the steepest fall since monthly records began more than half a century ago, and came on top of the 8pc drop in March.


The terminology “on the month” is used to refer to a percentage change from the previous month, in contrast to an annual rate or the percentage change from the same month in the previous year.


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