6. Costs for services and leases and rental costs €/000 249,934

Below is a breakdown of this item:

2012 2011 Change
In thousands of Euros
Employee costs 19,998 19,121 877
External maintenance and cleaning services 8,101 7,380 721
Energy, telephone and telex 21,568 18,926 2,642
Postal expenses 528 686 (158)
Commissions payables 588 610 (22)
Advertising and promotion 27,709 31,012 (3,303)
Technical, legal and tax consultancy and services 30,294 32,687 (2,393)
Company boards operating costs 2,171 2,114 57
Insurance 3,854 4,019 (165)
Outsourced manufacturing 15,446 20,972 (5,526)
Transport costs (vehicles and spare parts) 40,050 43,192 (3,142)
Sundry commercial expenses 16,052 17,342 (1,290)
Expenses for public relations 2,381 2,242 139
Product warranty costs 12,145 10,305 1,840
Quality-related events 6,143 10,478 (4,335)
Bank costs and factoring charges 5,662 6,926 (1,264)
Lease and rental costs 18,179 16,834 1,345
Other 15,155 18,045 (2,890)
Insurance from Group companies 51 66 (15)
Services from companies of the Group 2,107 1,892 215
Lease and rental costs of Group companies 1,752 1,635 117
Total costs for services 249,934 266,484 (16,550)
 

The reduction was caused by a decrease in volumes of assets and by the manufacture of aluminium components for engines becoming an internal process in April 2012, following the acquisition of Tecnocontrol.
Costs for leases and rentals include lease rentals for business properties of €/000 9,532, as well as lease payments for car hire, computers and photocopiers.
The item “Other” includes costs for temporary work of €/000 644.