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Jakarta Post

Industrial activities pick up in Q1: Officials

  • Aditya Suharmoko


JAKARTA   /   Fri, April 10 2009   /  01:39 pm

Having been falling since the last quarter of 2008, the country's industries - mainly those aimed at the domestic market - have begun to show signs of perking up, indicated by an increase in electrical power consumed in the first quarter this year, compared to a quarter earlier, a ministry official says. While industry as a whole experienced contraction in the final four months of last year, there were signs of more industrial activity in the following quarter, the first quarter of 2009, said director general of electricity and energy utilization at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, J. Purwono, on Thursday. "Electrical usage of industries began to increase in the first quarter of 2009 from the fourth quarter of 2008, when industrial activities were sluggish," Purwono said. "Maybe industries have found new markets," he added. His statements echoed remarks on M...