In the first five mounths of this year, Viet Nam's industrial production index has increased 9.7% in compared with the same period of last year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
The production of electronic products, computers and optical products posted the highest increase, ballooning 18.7% during the five-month period.
The hike was mainly attributed to a rise in the production of high-end phones in February and March by electronics giant Samsung ElectronicsCo.Ltd.
Consequently, manufacturing and processing continued its high growth rate of 11.8%, contributing 9 percentage point to the overall growth, albeit at a slower growth rate (growth rate in the first two months of 15.5%; in three months of 14.1% and in four months of 12.5%); electricity production and distribution up 10.6%, contributing 0.9 percentage point; water provision and waste treatment up 6%, accounting 0.1 percentage point; mining down 2.2% or 0.3 percentage point of the overall growth.
The five-month IIP of almost all centrally-run provinces and cities increased compared to the same periodin 2017, particularlyHaiPhong;BacNinh; Thai Nguyen, andVinh Phuc.
The number of workforce working in industrial enterprises as at May 1 has increased 3.8% year on year.
In May, the industrial production index is estimated at 7.1% growth rate year on year, while mining was down 7.6%; manufacturing and processing up 9.1%; electricity production and distribution up 11.2%;and the water supply and waste treatment up 8.2% compared to the same period last year./.