Special Correspondent UNITED NATIONS - World manufacturing output has grown by 6.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) reported Wednesday. The figure clearly indicates the progress of the recovery of world industrial production from the recent financial crisis, UNIDO said, in the first edition of its new plan to report industrial statistics quarterly. Formerly the presentations were annual. The report, based on an analysis of quarterly production data, said developing countries were in the lead with their manufacturing production increasing by 11.5 per cent. The major contribution to this growth was by China, with its output growing by 15 per cent. Newly industrialized countries also performed well, with Turkey displaying a growth rate of 13.8 per cent, while Mexicos was estimated at 7.4 per cent and Indias at 5.1 per cent. The manufacturing output of industrialized countries increased by 4.4 per cent during the named period, with strong growth of 7.1 per cent observed in the United States, the worlds largest manufacturer. Major European economies, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom, also demonstrated significant growth in manufacturing output. But other European countries, such as Greece, witnessed a 6.9pc drop, while Portugal and Spain maintained a marginal growth of less than one per cent.