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Manufacturing output down 1.1% in September
The 1.1% y/y decrease in manufacturing production was mainly due to lower production in the food and beverages division‚ at -5.2% and a -0.9 percentage point contribution; basic iron and steel‚ non-ferrous metal products‚ metal products and machinery‚ at -2.6% and a -0.5 percentage point contribution; and electrical machinery‚ at -11.1% and a -0.4 percentage point contribution.
Glass and non-metallic mineral products were down 7.7% and contributed -0.4 of a percentage point; textiles‚ clothing‚ leather and footwear were down -4.2% and contributed -0.2 of a percentage point; and motor vehicles‚ parts and accessories and other transport equipment fell 1.4% and contributed -0.2 of a percentage point.
Six of the 10 manufacturing divisions reported positive growth rates over this period.
The largest contributions to the increase of 0.3% were made by the wood and wood products‚ paper‚ publishing and printing division (4.0% and contributing 0.4 of a percentage point); the basic iron and steel‚ non-ferrous metal products‚ metal products and machinery division (1.8% and contributing 0.3 of a percentage point); and petroleum‚ chemical products‚ rubber and plastic products divisions (0.7% and contributing 0.2 of a percentage point).
Seasonally adjusted sales of manufactured products (at current prices) decreased by 0.4% (-R1.469bn) in the third quarter of this year compared with the second quarter. Five of the 10 manufacturing divisions reported negative growth rates over this period.
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