Investments reported in the area of industry posted a 17.5% increase, reaching a total of 2,261.9 million Tunisian dinars (MTD) in the first seven months of 2013, against 1,924.7 MTD in the same period of 2012.
However, the number of reported projects decreased by 12% from 2,508 projects in the first seven months of 2012 to 2,205 projects during the same period of 2013, according to the July 2013 newsletter of the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (APII).
Similarly, the number of job positions to be created fell by 12.2% to reach 38,489 against 43,858.
By sectors, building materials, ceramics and glass industries grew 110.7% over the first seven of 2013, with reported investment of 624.2 MTD against 296.3 MTD during the first seven months of 2012.
Chemical industries (CI) went up 55.5% with reported investments of 188.9 MTD against 121.5 MTD
Mechanical and electronic industries rose by 38.7% with reported investments of 475.5 MTD against 342.9 MTD during the first 7 months of 2012.
The agrifood sector posted a slight increase of 0.3% with investment of 529.7 MTD against 528 MTD.
The rest of the sectors recorded negative results during the first seven months of 2013.
Investment in leather and footwear industries declined 73%, from 41.1 MTD to 11.1 MTD during the first 7 months of 2013.
Various industries decreased by 29.6% with investments of 354.4 MTD against 503.3 MTD in 2012 and textile and clothing fell 14.9% to 77.8 MTD against 91.4 MTD during the first 7 months of 2012.