The HCM City Department of Industry and Trade has reported that the city’s industrial production rose by 3.2 percent in the first two months of 2013, doubling the number from a year ago.

Fifteen of 26 groups of products achieved positive growth in the period, with leather and footwear growing by 36.5 percent, construction materials by 16.9 percent, and beverages by 11.2 percent.

Last year manufacturing growth topped 4.9 percent.

Exports were worth nearly 4.5 billion USD, a year-on-year increase of 21.4 percent over the same period last year.

The public sector reported a 23.8 percent growth, the domestic non-State sector, 6.7 percent, and the foreign sector, 31 percent.-VNA