BANGKOK, Feb 26 (Reuters) -
* Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in January rose 0.18 percent from a year earlier, led by higher of cars, air conditioners and sugar, the Industry Ministry said on Tuesday.
* That compares with 1.1 percent increase forecast in a Reuters poll, and against December’s 0.75 percent rise.
* Capacity utilisation was at 70.49 percent in January after December’s 66.88 percent.
* The ministry has forecast the MPI will increase between 2 percent and 3 percent this year, after 2018’s 2.8 percent rise. (Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Rashmi Aich)