Industrial output grows by 2.25pc in July

The Large-Scale Manufacturing Industries’ (LSMI) production grew up by 2.25 per cent during the first month of the current fiscal year (July) as compared to the corresponding month of last year, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported.

The LSMI Quantum Index Number (QIM) was recorded at 138.01 points during July 2021 against 134.97 points during July 2020, showing a growth of 2.25pc, according to the latest PBS data.

The highest increase of 1.57pc was witnessed in the indices monitored by the Provincial Boards of Statistics (PBoS), followed by a 0.89pc increase in indices monitored by the Ministry of Industries. However, the indices monitored by Oil Companies Advisory Committee (OCAC) witnessed negative growth of 0.22pc.

The major sectors that showed positive growth during July 2021 included textile (0.35pc), food, beverages and tobacco (0.09), pharmaceuticals (0.84pc), chemicals (0.36pc), automobiles (2.10pc), iron and steel products (0.42pc). fertilizers (0.22pc), electronics (0.05pc), leather products (0.10pc) and engineering products (0.01pc).

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On the other hand, the LSM industries that witnessed negative growth in July 2021 included electronics coke and petroleum products (0.22pc), non-metallic mineral products (1.56pc), paper and board (0.32pc) and rubber products (0.18pc).

On a month-on-month basis, the industrial production declined by 5.03 pc during July compared to the growth of 145.32 points during June 2020, the data revealed.

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