BANGKOK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) declined a bigger-than-expected 14.69% in July from a year earlier, led by lower production of cars and petroleum amid the coronavirus outbreak, the industry ministry said on Wednesday.
That compares with a forecast fall of 13.9% in a Reuters poll, and against June’s revised contraction of 17.8%.
Capacity utilisation in July was 56.01% after June’s revised 55.07%.
The ministry expects the MPI index to fall by 8%-9% this year, it said.
Industrial goods account for 80% of total exports, a key driver of Thai growth, which contracted 11.37% in July from a year earlier.
Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon Writing by Orathai Sriring Editing by Ed Davies Editing by
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