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Tunisia: industrial production drops 1% at end October 2017

The industrial production declined by 1.0% year on year in the first ten months of 2017, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) announced Thursday.

Excluding energy, the index recorded an increase of 0.9%.

Manufacturing production rose 0.4%, as against 1.8% in the same period last year. This increase is mainly due to the rise in production in the mechanical and electrical industry sector by 2.9%, the rubber and plastic industry sector by 3.8%, the paper and publishing industry sector by 1.0%, the chemical industry by 0.4% and the textile, clothing and leather industry sector (+ 0.3%), explains the INS.

On the other hand, production fell in the other non-metal mineral product manufacturing sector (-5.2%), following the decline in cement production and the petroleum refining sector (-3.8%).

Production decreased in the extractive industries sector by 9.4% as a result of a 12.9% decline in the energy extraction sector output.

On the other hand, production increased in the sector of non-energy extraction (+ 17.3%) following the rise recorded in the production of crude phosphate, underlines the Institute.

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