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Tunisia: Industrial production drops 3.5%

Industrial production fell 3.5% in the first two months of 2019, according to statistics released Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

This decrease is explained by a drop in production in the sectors of energy products extraction (-13.0%) and agri-food industry (-17.6%) following the decline recorded in olive oil production.

Similarly, output fell in the mechanical and electrical industries (-1.7%) and the textile clothing and leather industry (-1.4%).

On the other hand, industrial production posted an increase in the sector of the non-energy extraction industry (+ 69.7%), due to the rise observed in the production of crude phosphate (686.0 thousand tons in the first two months of 2019 compared to 177.2 thousand tons in the same period of 2018) and the chemical industry sector (+ 16.1%), the petroleum refining sector (+ 41.8%) and the non-metallic mineral product manufacturing sector (+ 2.6%).

During the month of February 2019, industrial production was down 1.8%, mainly as a result of the decline in the energy products extraction sector (-12.6%) and the agri-food industry (-15.7%), following the decline in olive oil production.

Similarly, output fell in the mechanical and electrical industry (-4.4%), the clothing and leather textile industry (-2.6%) and the petroleum refining sector (-21%). 7%).

However, industrial production recorded an increase in the sector of the non-energy extraction industry (+ 121.3%), following higher crude phosphate production (351.9 thousand tons in February 2019), against 6.4 thousand tons in the same period of 2018, following the almost complete cessation of production in February 2018.

Similarly, the chemical industry sector posted a 59.8% increase.

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