Manufacturing Grows 5.4% in 1H

The manufacturing sector grew 5.4% in the first half of 2007 compared with the same period last year, but fell short of the target set by the government, Antara reported.

The main drivers for growth were the automotive, machine and equipment sector, which expanded by 10.37% in the second quarter and by 6.15% in the first quarter of this year, the Central Bureau of Statistic (BPS) said.

Manufacturing had contributed 1.5% to the country's economic growth of around 6.28% in the second quarter of this year, Slamet Sutomo, a deputy chief of BPS said.

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