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Tunisia: industrial production drops 0.7% (INS)

Tunisia’s industrial production fell 0.7% in the first ten months of 2018, compared to the same period of last year, according to the latest statistics from the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

This decline is due to lower production in the chemical industry sector (-9.4%), mainly resulting from the drop in the production of phosphate derivatives and petroleum refining (-26.2%), extraction of non-energy products (-13.7%).

The latter is the result of the decrease observed in the production of crude phosphate (2,923.3 thousand tons in the first ten months of 2018 compared with 3,846.4 thousand tons in the same period of 2017.

On the other hand, industrial production rose by 5.3% in the agri-food industry, 1.7% in the mechanical and electrical industry sector the textile, 1.2% in the textile, clothing and leather industry sector and 5.1% in the rubber and plastics sector, according to the INS.


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