Tobacco, cement, cotton production increases from last year

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ISLAMABAD: Cement production in the country, witnessed a growth of 12.13 per cent during the first seven months of the current fiscal year, as compared to the corresponding period of last year.
The country produced 23,772,000 tonnes of cement during July-January (2017-18) against the production of 21,201,000 tonnes during July-January (2016-17), showing a 12.13
per cent increase in production, according to the latest data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
On a year-on-year basis, cement production witnessed an increase of 23.48 per cent during the month of January 2018 , when compared to the production of January 2017. Cement production during January 2018 was recorded at 3,644,000 tonnes against the production of 2,951,000 tonnes in January 2017, the data revealed.
Meanwhile, the production of cotton cloth witnessed nominal growth of 0.03 per cent in during July-January (2017-18) reaching 609,635,000 square meters against the
production of 609,450,000 square meters during the corresponding period of last
year.Cotton cloth production, on a year-on-year basis, increased from 87,250,000 square meters to 87,275,000 square meters, showing a nominal increase of 0.03 per cent.
The production of cigarettes during the first seven months of the current year inflated by 76.94 per cent by growing from 19,323 million in July-January (2016-17) to 34,191
million during the current year.
On a year-on-year basis, the production of cigarettes increased by 131.53 per cent by growing from 2,239 million in January 2017 to 5,184 million in January 2018.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Large Scale Manufacturing Industries (LSMI) of the
country witnessed a growth of 6.33 per cent during the first seven months of the
current fiscal year compared to the corresponding period of last year.
The country’s LSMI Quantum Index Numbers (QIM) was recorded at 142.05 points during
July-January (2017-18) against 133.60 points during July-January (2016-17),
showing growth of over 6.33 per cent.
The highest growth of 4.46 per cent was witnessed in the indices monitored by Ministry of Industries, followed by 1.28 per cent growth in the products monitored by Provincial Bureaus of Statistics (PBOS) and 0.59 growth in the indices of Oil Companies Advisory Committee (OCAC).