New Zealand’s manufacturing sector’s sales volumes were up 0.5 per cent in the first quarter of the year.
Radio NZ and others report that the official Statistics NZ figures recorded the narrow increase after a bumper rise in the last quarter of 2013.
The main contribution to growth was from chemical and petroleum production, with Fairfax noting a big jump in the Taranaki Methanex plant’s output.
The meat and dairy sector only grew 0.1 per cent.
"This quarter's rise occurred despite a relatively flat quarter for meat and dairy product manufacturing," explained Statistics NZ’s Neil Kelly.
"Rises in the chemical and petroleum industries more than offset falls in a number of the other industries."
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