Tunisia: industrial production falls 3.6% in Q3

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    Industrial production posted a 3.6% drop in Q3 of 2019 in comparison with the same period in 2018.

    This is the result of falling production in energy (-6.8%), mechanical and electrical engineering industries (- 2.1%), textile, clothing and leather (-2.9%) and the building materials, ceramics and glass sector (-0.4%).

    A slump in production was likewise seen in oil refining (-72.8%) and woodworking sectors (-3.9%).

    Meanwhile, output was on a rising trend in agri-food industries (+2.1%), chemical industries (+5 %), power generation and water distribution (+7.1%).

    Industrial production edges down 3.8% in September 2019

    Industrial production plummeted 3.8% in September 2019, as shown by the latest figures made available by the National Institute of Statistics (French: INS), as a result of the drop posted in the sectors of energy (-7.7%), mechanical and electrical engineering industries (-3.3%), textile, clothing and leather (-3.6%) and the building materials, ceramics and glass sector (-1.7%).

    This decline was also observed in the oil refining industry (-67.7%), as production of the Tunisian Company of Refining Industries (French: STIR) has ground to a halt since February, and woodworking (-6%).

    In the meantime, industrial production in agribusiness (+3.8%), chemical industries (+2.2%) and mining (+24.3%) as a result of production of crude phosphate rising from 232.2 thousand tons in September 2018 to 372.1 thousand tons in the same period in 2019.

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