Peru's manufacturing sector
increased 3.7% in March 2019, compared to the same month last year, Production Ministry (Produce) informed on Friday.
This outcome was underpinned by the non-primary sub-sector (+4.1%), which was positively influenced by a higher production of services related to industry (+15.9%), as well as capital (13.7%) and intermediate (+5.9%) goods.
According to Produce
, the expansion of non-primary manufacturing was due to the good performance of industrial services related branches.
Furthermore, jewels and related items (+130.8%), dairy products (+21.4), malt beverages (+14.3%), and garments (+7.7%) stood out in the field of consumer goods.
The primary sub-sector (+2.5%) also had a positive impact on March results, Produce said.
Moreover, industrial production is expected to consolidate in 2019, underpinned by the good performance of the non-primary sub-sector, thanks to an increase of manufacturing exports and the domestic demand.
It should be noted manufacturing industry contributes 16.5% to Peru's GDP
and employs over 1.5 million workers.