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Malaysia factory output up 6.1% in July

Malaysia factory output up 6.1% in July

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s industrial production in July expanded at its fastest pace in eight months, government data showed yesterday, boosted by gains in all three major sectors.

Factory output grew 6.1 per cent from a year earlier in July, the fastest since last November. Industrial output was up 4 per cent in June. July’s factory output was due to strength in the manufacturing, electricity and mining sectors, according to data from the Statistics Department. Manufacturing output grew 8 per cent from a year earlier in July, boosted by growth in the food, tobacco, and electrical and electronic products sub-sectors, the data showed. The electricity generation sector rose 7.9 per cent year on year, while mining output grew 0.2 per cent.