Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said on Friday the increase in was supported by the growth in the index of electricity (4.8%) and manufacturing (4.1%). However, mining recorded a decline of 0.2%.
Manufacturing sector output rose by 4.1% in March after recording a growth of 3.7% in February 2019.
The major sub-sectors contributing to the increase in March were food, beverages and tobacco products (6.8%); petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastic products (3.7%) and electrical and electronics products (2.7%).
The department said electricity sector output rose by 4.8% in March from a year ago.
However, the mining sector shrank by 0.2% in March from a year ago. The drop was contributed by the crude oil index (-2%) while the natural gas index increased by 1.4%.
The IPI for the first quarter of 2019 grew by 2.7% from a year ago. The increase was contributed by the growth in electricity sector (5.8%) and manufacturing sector (4%). The mining sector declined by 1.9%.
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