Turkish industrial output falls for first month since April last year

Turkey’s industrial production fell by 0.9 percent in April from the previous month, posting its first decrease in a year, according to official data.

The drop was led by mining and quarrying output, which declined by 4.1 percent compared with March, the Turkish Statistical Institute said on Friday. Manufacturing output fell by 0.7 percent month-on-month.

Production jumped by 66 percent annually. The government locked down the economy in March and April last year to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The authorities also imposed tight restrictions on the population at the end of April after cases of the coronavirus jumped to a record high. But it allowed all manufacturing businesses to remain open and eased the curbs in mid-May.