(Photo: Comunidad Textil)

Industrial production in Colombia continued to drop throughout September when the national statistics agency registered a contraction of 1.8% compared to the same month last year.

In its monthly report, statistics agency DANE said employment in the manufacturing industry dropped even more; 2.7%.

The drop was felt hardest in the car industry that saw a 23.3% drop in output. The production of seeds dropped 9.9%, followed by refined oil (-9.7%) and confection (-9%).

The country’s industrial output has shown a steady drop since the first half of 2012 when a free trade agreement with the United States came into force, allowing American producers access to Colombia’s consumption market without paying tariffs.

Industrial output per month

In the first nine months of 2013, industrial output decreased a total of 2.5% compared to the same period last year.


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