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Tunisia: industrial production down 5.6% in 1st nine months of 2020

Industrial production recorded a decline of 5.6% in the first nine months of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, according to data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) Thursday.

This decrease is explained by the drop in production in the sectors of mechanical and electrical engineering (-17.3%), textile, clothing and leather industry (-20.3%), ceramic and glass building materials industry (-16, 1%), paper and cardboard industry (-15.3%), rubber and plastics industry (-11.4%), chemical industry (-1.7%), miscellaneous manufacturing industries (-18.6%), energy (-4.2%) and mining (-2.6%).

On the other hand, industrial production went up in the food industry sector (+5.2%) following the increase in production of olive oil.

Similarly, production of the oil refining sector has posted a rise following the resumption of activity in the STIR Company after a near-total stop last year.

Industrial production recorded a slight increase of 0.1% during the third quarter of 2020, compared to the same quarter of 2019, the INS indicated.

It reported a slight rise of 0.3% compared to September last year.


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