Russia's basic industries advance

Russia's five basic industries, which are manufacturing, construction, agriculture, transportation and retail, went up 3.9 percent in 2002 against 2001, the Russian State Statistics Committee reported. In December 2002, the production index of these five industries amounted to 104 percent of the level of December 2001, and to 102.9 percent of the level of November 2002.

In 2002, the manufacturing industry produced 6.868 trillion rubles (about $215.96bn) in goods and services. The index of industrial production reached 103.7 percent as compared to 2001. In December 2002, it was RUR648bn (about $20.38bn), or 103.2 percent of the level of December 2001. In December 2002, the average daily production, seasonal corrections taken into account, was 99.3 percent of the volume of November 2002.

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