Surge in electronics sector helped lift manufacturing output 8% in October

Singapore's factory output grew 8 per cent in October over the same month last year, boosted mainly by a surge in the electronics sector. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Singapore's factory output grew 8 per cent in October over the same month last year, boosted mainly by a surge in the electronics sector. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Singapore's factory output grew 8 per cent in October over the same month last year, boosted mainly by a surge in the electronics sector.

The electronics cluster's output expanded 22.8 per cent last month, with most segments expanding amid improved demand.

Electronics output rose 1.3 per cent from January to October this year, compared with the same period last year.

Output of the transport engineering cluster increased 8.9 per cent over last year, while the precision engineering cluster grew 5 per cent.

Biomedical manufacturing contracted 2.3 per cent last month. Excluding the biomedical sector, overall factory output expanded 10.4 per cent.

October's manufacturing output was flat compared with the previous month, and grew 0.2 per cent excluding the biomedical sector.