COVID-19 badly hits industrial production
13:34 | 05/03/2020

VGP – The manufacturing and processing industry was hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak as its growth rate was only 7.4%, much lower than 11.4% recorded in the same period last year, the Ministry of Industry and Trade reported. 

In the first two months of 2020, industrial production index (IPI) picked up only 6.2% in comparison with the figures of 13.7% in the same period in 2018 and 9.2% in 2019.  

Especially, the manufacturing and processing industry was badly affected as it expanded only 7.4% in the first two months, much lower than the rate of 11.4% in the same period last year. 

In addition, the  mining industry suffered  a year-on-year drop of 3.7%; electricity, fuel, and water production and distribution picky up only 8.4%; water supply and sewage treatment up 4.9%./.

By Kim Loan 

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