ISLAMABAD - The Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) sector has recorded a growth of 3.57 per cent during the first quarter (July-September) of the ongoing financial year 2011-12 as against same period last year despite the prevailing energy crisis in the country. According to the latest figures released by Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) on Tuesday, the growth in the large scale-manufacturing sector remained at 3.57 per cent during July-September 2011 period as compare to July-September 2010 period. The Quantum Index Number of LSM industries stood at 103.97 points in first quarter of the fiscal year 2011-12 as compared to 100.38 points of July-September period of the year 2010-11. According to the statistics, the LSM growth recorded growth of 5.14 per cent during the month of September over the month of previous year. The Quantum Index Number of LSM industries stood at 101.36 points in September 2011 as compared to 96.40 points of September 2010. The Quantum Index Numbers (QIN) of Large Scale Manufacturing Industries has been computed in the FBS on the basis of latest production data of 112 items received from various sources i.e. Oil Companies Advisory Committee (OCAC), Ministry of Industries and Production and Provincial Bureaus of Statistics. The OCAC supplied the data of 11 items, the Ministry of Industries and Production supplied the data of 36 items and Provincial Bureaus of Statistics provided data for 65 items. The economists and trade analysts believed that it would be a challenge for the LSM sector to maintain positive growth in the upcoming months owing to the ongoing energy crisis. They are of the view that apart from LSM sector, the countrys textile had already started declining due to shortage of gas and electricity. According to the FBS figures, OCAC group grew by 0.74 per cent during the first three months of the ongoing financial year, Ministry of Industries registered a growth of 0.19 per cent and provincial BOS showed growth of 2.64 per cent in July-September period. In OCAC, the commodities showed negative growth including jet fuel oil (9.13 per cent), diesel oil (30.29 per cent), solvent Naphtha (10.75 per cent), lubricating oil (1.20 per cent) and LPG (11.91 per cent) during the first three of months of the current fiscal year 2011-2012 against the same period of the last year 2010-11. Meanwhile in OCAC, the following products showed positive growth rate including kerosene (72.30 per cent), motor spirit, (22.45 per cent), high-speed diesel (27 per cent), furnace oil, (7.34 per cent), and jute-batching oil (6.73 per cent). The Ministry of Industry index registered a negative growth of 0.19 per cent comprising 35 main industries in QIN of LSM. The industries showing positive growth includes, sugar (6.05 per cent), cigarettes, (1.42 per cent), cotton yarn, (1.12 per cent), cotton cloth, (9.57 per cent), Phos Fertilisers (7.20 per cent), LCVs (10.82 per cent) and motorcycles (17.54 per cent). On the other hand, the industries showing negative growth are jute goods (1.75 per cent), soda ash (3.21per cent), caustic soda (10.48 per cent) and trucks (69.12per cent), in July-September period of the year 2011-2012 over the corresponding period of the last year.