KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia's January industrial production rose 3.2 % from a year earlier due to growth in its manufacturing, mining and electricity sectors, government data showed on Friday.
The figure was above the 2.1% rise forecast in a Reuters poll.
Year-on-year, manufacturing output grew 3.9% in January, after registering a growth of 4.0 % in December 2015, data from the Statistics Department showed.
Annual output growth in December had exceeded expectations at 2.7%, supported by gains in manufacturing and electricity production.
However, Malaysia's January exports fell for the first time in eight months, declining 2.8% from a year earlier.
A private manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) showed Malaysian factory activity contracted for the 11th straight month in February.