Domestic mining and manufacturing output dropped 1.4 percent in December from the previous month, marking the first decline in two months, according to a preliminary report issued Friday by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Despite the monthly fall, the ministry upgraded its overall assessment of the nation’s production activities. The report notes “overall industrial production is on a gradual upward trend,” a phrase that the ministry says represents an upward revision from “improving,” as was used in the previous report.

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