Malaysian industrial output rose 2.5 percent in May 2008 from the same month last year on increases in the manufacturing and electricity indices, government data showed Friday.
On a monthly basis, the industrial production index (IPI) was up 1.7 percent in May while for the first six months of the year the IPI recorded a 5.0 percent increase from last year, the statistics department said.
It said May's expansion was due to increases in the manufacturing index, which rose 4.0 percent, and electricity output, which was 2.6 percent higher.
The mining index contracted by 2.6 percent, the data showed.
The statistics department attributed growth in the manufacturing sector to an increase in output of cars, audiovisual equipment, and crude palm oil, which recorded a 20.7 percent increase.
The mining sector dipped "due to the decrease in the index of natural gas," but crude oil edged up 1.0 percent.
Compared to last month, the manufacturing sector rose 1.3 percent, the electricity sector grew 3.1 percent and mining rose 2.8 percent.
Agence France-Presse - 7/11/2008 12:07 PM GMT