KUALA LUMPUR: The Industrial Production Index (IPI) increased by 3.4 per cent in October compared to a year ago.
Its growth pace was due to expansion in all respective indices - manufacturing (4.2 per cent), mining (0.8 per cent) and electricity (4.6 per cent).
The Statistics Department said the manufacturing sector output grew moderately in October, led by sub-sectors electrical and electronic products (5.9 per cent), petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastic products (2.1 per cent) and food, beverages and tobacco products (7.0 per cent).
It said manufacturing sales in the month recorded a strong growth of 11.0 per cent, rising to RM66.3 billion as compared to RM59.7 billion reported a year ago.
Year-on-year, the significant increase in sales value in October 2017 was due to the increase in E&E products (7.5 per cent), petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastic products (18.0 per cent) and non-metallic mineral products, basic metal and fabricated metal products (7.9 per cent).
These three sub-sectors contributed 80.1 per cent to the sales value of the manufacturing sector.