ISLAMABAD - The Large-Scale Manufacturing (LSM) sector showed a growth of 4.52 percent during July-April period of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period of the last year, Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) reported on Friday. According to the data, in the July-April period, the Quantum Index Numbers of the LSM Industries stood at 203.98 points as compared to 195.16 points in the corresponding period of the previous year. Meanwhile in the month of April, the LSM sector showed the growth of 5.59 percent. The LSM sector is one of the major indicators of the economy, which shows industrial productivity of 100 items received from different sources i.e. the Oil Companies Advisory Committee (OCAC), Ministry of Industries and Production and Provincial Bureaus of Statistics. The OCAC supplied the data of 11 items, Ministry of Industries and Production supplied the data of 35 items and Provincial Bureaus of Statistics provided the data for 54 items. The data provided by the OCAC of 11 petroleum products, showed a negative growth in 9 items during the July-March period over the same period of the last year. Jet fuel registered a negative growth of 1.03 percent, kerosene oil, 21.11 percent, high speed diesel, 2.63 percent, diesel oil, 14.47 percent, furnace oil, 18.60 percent, lubricating oil, 1.22 percent, jute batching oil, 15.44 percent, solvent naphtha, 13.77 percent and LPG, 6.93 percent, in the July-March period. Following two items in the OCAC showed growth: motor spirits, 4.91 percent; and petroleum products, 13.80 percent; in the said period. The Ministry of Industries and Production had reported negative growth in the production of sugar by 2.97 percent, cigarettes, 11.33 percent, cotton yarn, 2.70 percent, cotton cloth, 0.14 percent, Hessian, 6.64 percent, sacking, 27.72 percent, glass plates and sheets, 9.56 percent, coke, 18.10 percent and pig iron, 40.01 percent. The growth of 2.04 percent was reported by the Ministry of Industries and Production in paper and board during the period under review, 11.77 percent in soda ash, 3.63 percent in nitrogen fertiliser, 12.84 percent in phosphate fertiliser, and 10.68 percent in cement. In the auto sector, the production of light commercial vehicles (LCV) was declined by 12.28 percent in July-March 2009-10 as compared to the same period of the last year. However, tractors, trucks, buses, jeeps and cars, and motorcycles were the only sectors in the automotive whose production witnessed a growth of 22.56 percent, 12.56 percent, 7.57 percent 38.64 percent and 56.04 percent respectively during the period under review.