Russian industrial growth up 4.9% in Jan - Statistics Committee

Growth in industrial production in Russia in January 2003 amounted to 4.9% year-on-year, according to information distributed by the State Statistics Committee on Tuesday.

Industrial production in the same month last year was up 2.2% compared with January 2001.

Industrial production in January was down 6% from December 2002, or 4.5% when adjusted in line with the number of workdays.

The most growth in industrial production in January was in non- ferrous metallurgy (15.1%) and in iron and steel production (13%). Production in the fuel industry was up 9.4%, in the medicine production - 6.4%, electricity - 6%, chemicals and petrochemicals - 4.3%, construction materials - 3.5%, the food industry - 3.3%, and glass and porcelain - 0.6%. Production was down in engineering and metal processing - (3.2%), forestry, pulp and paper production (2.6%), light industry (1.9%), microbiology (30.4%), milling and fodder production (0.8%), and printing (11.9%). In other areas production increased 3.9%.

Electricity production in Russia in January 2003 amounted to 91.4 billion kWh (up 3.2% from January 2002), oil and gas condensate production - 33.9 million tonnes (up 11%). Primary oil refining amounted to 15.4 million tonnes, up 1.5%, with production of 2.4 million tonnes of gasoline (up 1.7%). Production of natural gas amounted to 56.9 billion cubic meters, up 2% year-on-year, with coal production of 25 million tonnes (up 18.4%) and iron ore - 7.3 million tonnes (up 11.4%).

Production of mineral fertilizer amounted to 1.1 million tonnes, up 1.5%, sulfuric acid monohydrate - 768,000 tonnes (up 2.2%), cars - 53,400 units (down 30%), busses - 5,500 units (up 10.8%), refrigerators and freezers - 143,000 units (up 3.6%), paper - 285,000 tonnes (down 2.2%), and cement - 1.6 million tonnes (down 2.5%). Production of fabric amounted to 223 million square meters (down 3.5%), footwear - 3.1 million pairs (up 11.3%), granulated sugar - 247,000 tonnes (down 8.5%), bread and bread products - 634,000 tonnes (down 3.1%). Production of whole-milk dairy products increased 8.1% to 635,000 tonnes, and meat and meat products - 9.7% to 115,000 tonnes. Production of vodka and liquor fell 9% to 95 million liters.

600450 Russian industrial growth up 4.9% in Jan - Statistics Committee

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