Karachi, April 15, 2021: Large-scale manufacturing (LSM) continued on a positive trajectory in February, with 4.85 percent growth compared to the same month last year. Cumulatively speaking, 8MFY21 LSM growth now stands at 7.45 percent YoY. On MoM basis, there was a minor decline of 4.15 percent, however, this is typical, given fewer working days in February.
Among LSM heavy-weights, top performers for the month on YoY basis were (1) coke & petroleum products (43 percent), (2) Automobiles (26 percent), (3) Chemicals (15 percent) and (4) Pharmaceuticals (11 percent). Growth in the Food, beverages & tobacco category was relatively lower at 3 percent compared to 8MFY21 growth of 16 percent YoY, whereas this category remains the largest contributor to LSM growth in the cumulative period.
Thankfully, the categories which witnessed declines during the month were those with significantly lower weight in the LSM index, such as electronics, leather, engineering and rubber products.
We reiterate that from next month, LSM growth is expected to accelerate owing to the low base effect created by the lockdown last year, whereas the risk of the third wave could create a dampener to manufacturing activity.