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Thai FTI: June TISI rises to 103.3

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The Thai Industries Sentiment Index (TISI) for June was up from 94.7 in May to stand at 103.3, Payungsak Chartsutthipol, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), said on Thursday.

Mr. Payungsak attributed the improvement in TISI to the increase in orders, sales volume, production output, business profits of manufacturers and the disentanglement of the political turmoil, according to the Bangkok Post.

“The continuing effort of the government to bring about national reconciliation was another reason behind the improvement in the confidence of manufacturers,” he said.

The confidence index of small industries in June stood at 91.7, up from 81.6 of a previous month on the back of an ease in political tension, according to the FTI chairman.

The industries where confidence had improved were garment, cement, roof and accessories, granite and marble, plywood, furniture, herbal, gas and waste treatment.

The medium industries’ confidence index increased from 93.5 to stand at 100.9, boosted by an increase in purchase orders, sales volume, output and profits, he added.

These industries included textile, leather, glass, ceramics, sawmill, machinery and metal, rubber, plastic and bio-technology.

The confidence index of large industries was up from 114.0 to stand at 119.9. They were iron, auto-parts, food, petroleum, electricity production, alternative energy, petrochemical and aluminum industries, said Mr Payungsak.

He said manufacturers were concerned about political problems, global oil prices, the world economy, particularly the debt crisis in Europe, and the higher interest rates environment.

The manufacturers wanted the government to bring about political stability, materialise its national reconciliation plan, create confidence among investors, rapidly settle the environmental impasse at Map Ta Phut industrial estate, stabilise the value of baht, provide low interest rate soft loan to enhance investment and cut income tax to stimulate the economy, he said.

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