28 September 2012 03:35 [Source: ICIS news]
This was a 4.8% decline from the same period a year earlier, according to METI.
The country’s plastic production was up by 0.9% month on month in August, and declined by 5% year on year, the ministry data showed.
Output of synthetic rubber fell by 10% month on month in August, and declined by 2.8% year on year, based on the statistics.
Industrial production appears to have "weakened,” the ministry said in a statement.
Industries that mainly contributed to the month-on-month decrease were electronic parts and devices, information and communication electronics equipment and chemicals, the METI said.
Meanwhile, Japanese manufacturers expect industrial output to decrease by 2.9% month on month in September, according to the ministry’s monthly survey, while they predict October production to be unchanged from September.
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