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5.6% growth in manufacturing from April to June

Jamaica's manufacturing sector grew by 5.6 per cent for the April to June quarter. 
 
This was ahead of the projection of 2.8 per cent.
 
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica says the sector's higher GDP was due to a 10 per cent increase in production levels in the Food, Beverages & Tobacco sub-sector.
 
This was mainly attributed to growth in meat & meat products, bakery products, processing & preservation of fruits & vegetables, animal feeds and beverages. 
 
An increased demand from hotels, restaurants and schools encouraged growth.
 
There was however a 0.9 per cent decline in real valued added for the rest of the manufacturing sector. 
 
The fall was primarily due to declines in refined petroleum products and non-metallic mineral products. 
 
The state-run oil refinery, PetroJam operated for fewer days during the second quarter.
 


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