BANGKOK, April 30 (Reuters) -
* Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in March dropped 2.54 percent from a year earlier, led by lower production of computers, steel and rubber products, the Industry Ministry said on Tuesday.
* That compares with a forecast fall of 2.7 percent in a Reuters poll, and against February’s 1.6 percent contraction.
* Capacity utilisation was at 74.38 percent in March, up from February’s 69 percent.
* The ministry expects the MPI to rise 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 Jacqueline Wong)