Feb factory output down 2.71%, better than forecast

Feb factory output down 2.71%, better than forecast

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Thailand's manufacturing production index (MPI) in February dropped by 2.71% from a year earlier, as slowing global demand hurt exports, the Industry Ministry said on Wednesday.

The figure compared with a forecast for a fall of 2.8% in factory output for February in a Reuters poll, and came after January's revised 4.81% year-on-year decrease.

Output in March is expected to be steady or down slightly due to a global slowdown, the ministry said in a statement.

However, domestic demand improved on the back of a rebound in the vital tourism sector, which would underpin manufacturing production, the ministry said.

Industrial goods account for about 80% of total exports, which in January contracted 4.5% from a year earlier, Commerce Ministry data showed. The Commerce Ministry is due to release February trade data on Thursday..

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