ISLAMABAD : The country's large scale manufacturing (LSM) sector grew 5.58 percent during the first ten months (July-April) of the current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of the last year, mainly contributed by textiles and food & beverages.

On year-on-year basis, the industrial growth increased 9.72 percent during April 2017 as compared to the corresponding period of the last year. However, on month-on-month basis, the industrial growth decreased 17.88 percent in April 2017 as compared to the growth of March 2017.

The highest growth of 4.40 percent was witnessed in the indices monitored by the ministry of industries; followed by 1.08 percent growth in the products monitored by the Provincial Bureaus of Statistics and 0.10 growth in the indices of the Oil Companies Advisory Committee (OCAC).

The major sectors that showed growth during July-March (2016-17) included textile (0.73 percent), food, beverages and tobacco (11.60 percent), coke and petroleum products (0.97 percent), pharmaceuticals (9.01 percent), non-metallic mineral products (6.54 percent), automobiles (11.41 percent), iron and steel products (20.26 percent), fertilizers (0.21 percent), electronics (15.10 percent), paper and board (5.56 percent),engineering products (4.29 percent) and rubber products (0.36 percent).