The manufacturing sector kicked off the third quarter with strong growth.Production in the sector increased by 2.9% in July compared with a year ago, after a 0.6% increase in June.The largest contributions were made by the food and beverages sector (5.8% and contributing 1.5 percentage points); motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment (8.3% and contributing 0.6 of a percentage point); and wood and wood products, paper, publishing and printing (3.9% and contributing 0.4 of a percentage point).Seasonally adjusted manufacturing production increased by 1.6% in July compared with June, following month-on-month changes of 0.2% in June and 1.3% in May.Compared to the flat growth the sector saw in the second quarter, seasonally adjusted manufacturing production increased by 1.9% in the three months ended July 2018 compared with the previous three months with six of the 10 manufacturing divisions reporting positive growth rates over this period.In June, the Absa pu...

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