19-06-2012 12:37 Belarus
Belarus’ industrial output up 7.2%/yr in Jan-May 2012 to Br 265tn
MINSK, PRIME-TASS. Belarus’ industrial output increased 7.2% on the year in January-May 2012 to 265 trillion Belarusian rubles (Br), or U.S. $31.96 at the official rate of the National Bank, an official in the Statistics Committee told Prime-Tass.
Production of coke, oil products and nuclear materials rose 17.8% on the year in January-May 2012 to 61.899 trillion rubles ($7.467 billion). The output of food products, including beverages and tobacco goods, increased 5.4% to 42.115 trillion rubles ($5.08 billion). Chemical production expanded 37.1% to 36.357 trillion rubles ($4.386 billion).
Production of machines and equipment increased 0.8% to 25.647 trillion rubles ($3.094 billion); metal products up 0.5% to 15.844 trillion rubles. Production of vehicles and equipment increased 18.1% to 10.422 trillion rubles ($1.257 billion).
The output of plastic and rubber goods increased 3.4% to 9.195 trillion rubles ($1.109 million), the volume of wood processing went up 3.2% to 3.071 trillion rubles ($370.446 million).
The output of non-metallic mineral products, including cement, glass and lime, declined by 10.2% to 10.243 trillion rubles ($1.236 million), production of electrical facilities, electronic and optical equipment in Belarus decreased by 9.6% in January-May 2012 to 7.751 trillion rubles ($934.982 million).
Return on sales of industrial products rose to 15.5% in January-April 2012 from 9.7% in January-March 2011.
There were 260 loss-making industrial companies in January-April 2012, 12.8% of the total number, down from 15.8% in January-April 2011.
Belarus’ industrial companies earned a net profit of Br17.18 trillion in January-April 2012, up 4.7 times on the year.