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Manufacturing output down 3.6% on-year in February

Singapore: The Republic's manufacturing output declined 3.6 per cent year-on-year in February 2015, according to the latest data by Economic Development Board (EDB) released on Thursday (Mar 26).

Excluding biomedical manufacturing, output fell 3.9 per cent on-year. On a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis, manufacturing output increased 4.1 per cent, and excluding biomedical manufacturing, output grew 1.1 per cent month-on-month.

Output for the general manufacturing industries cluster went up 1.3 per cent on-year last month, with the food, beverages and tobacco segment registering a growth of 7.4 per cent due to higher festive demand, it said.

The output for biomedical manufacturing cluster fell 2.5 per cent on-year, although the medical technology segment expanded 21.7 per cent due to higher export demand for medical instruments and consumables.

Electronics cluster output fell 4.5 per cent on-year. All segments recorded output declines except other electronic modules and components segment, the report noted.

Precision engineering, too, contracted 5.8 per cent on-year, with all segments registering declines. This was due to fewer working days and lower orders due to Lunar New Year, EDB said.

The transport engineering cluster, too, fell 7.2 per cent on-year, with the aerospace segment falling the most by 18.1 per cent on the back of lower demand for engine repair jobs, it said

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