Industrial production down 2.9% in Q1 of 2019 (INS) [Upd 1]
15/05/2019 13:25, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The industrial production edged down 2.9% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

This drop is explained by the decline in production in the sectors of extraction of energy products (-10.8%) and food industry (-14.8%), following the decrease recorded in olive oil production.

The same for the sectors of mechanical and electrical industries (-1.9%), textiles, clothing and leather (-2.1%) and petroleum refining (-16.9%).

On the other hand, industrial production recorded a rise in the non-energy product extraction industry (+ 35.3%), due to the increase in crude phosphate production (933.7 thousand tons during the Q1 of 2019 compared with 468.6 thousand tons in 2018), the chemical industry sector (+ 23.8%) and the manufacturing sector of other non-metallic mineral products (+4.0%).

In March 2019, the industrial production edged down 2.1%, mainly because of the drop in the energy product extraction sector (-6.5%) and the extraction of non-energy products (-7.3%) as well as that of the agro-food industry (-8.0%), following the decline recorded in the production of olive oil.

Similarly, production fell in March in the mechanical and electrical industry (-3.2%), the textile, clothing and leather industry (-2.7%), oil refining (-56.1%) and rubber and plastics (-8.1%).

However, the industrial production was up in the chemical industry (+ 33.9%) and other non-metallic mineral products (+ 6.6%).

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