KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Malaysia's industrial production
in August rose 2.3 percent from a year earlier, well below expectations, data
from the Statistics Department showed on Thursday.
A Reuters poll of 13 economists had forecast factory output grew 7.5
percent, shored up by both export and domestic demand.
The rise in August was the smallest since March, dragged lower by a fall in
mining sector production.
Output in July was revised down to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent previously.
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INDEX (base 2005)
(in points; base year 2000=100)
Aug *July 2013
Pct change yr/yr 2.3 7.5
mth/mth -4.2 2.2
(in points, unless otherwise stated)
Aug 2013 Aug 2013 July 2013
yr/yr (pct) mth/mth (pct) yr/yr (pct)
Manufacturing 4.6 -4.8 5.2
Electricity 5.1 -4.7 6.2
Mining -4.6 -2.1 15.4
*Revised manufacturing figure for July 2013
(Reporting by Siva Sithraputhran; Editing by Niluksi Koswanage)