The Industrial Production Index (IPI) saw a year-on-year increase of 6.8 percent in the first two months of 2013, according to the General Statistic Office (GSO).

Of which, the index of the mining industry increased 1.8 percent over the same period last year, that of the processing and manufacturing, 7.9 percent, electricity production and distribution, 11.7 percent, and water supply and sewage treatment, 9.9 percent.

Meanwhile, the production of several industries saw notable increases includes battery production (107.1 percent), electrical equipment (51.3 percent), machine spare parts (45.9 percent), fertiliser and nitrogen compound (43.3 percent), footwear (35.9 percent), and telecom equipments (26.4 percent).-VNA