Tunisia: industrial production down 1.8% at end of May 2018

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    Industrial production has decreased by 1.8% in the first five months of 2018, compared to the same period of last year, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) announced Monday, August 6, 2018.

    This decrease is explained by the decline in production in the chemical industry (-13.9%) following the fall in the production of phosphate derivatives, the manufacturing sector of other non-metal mineral products (-5.2%), the petroleum refining sector (-50.7%) and the non-energy extraction sector (-23.8%) due to the decline observed in gross phosphate production (1.2 million tons in the first five months of 2018 compared to 2 million tons in the same period in 2017) and the energy extraction sector (-4.2% ) resulting from lower crude oil and natural gas production.

    On the other hand, industrial production went up 10.8% in the agri-food sector, following the increase in olive oil production and the mechanical and electrical industry sector by 9% and the clothing and leather textile industry sector by 0.9%.

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