Industrial production rose 3.2 percent in 2003 for the first increase in three years, due partly to steady demand for mobile phones and other digital home appliances, the government said Thursday.

The index of output at mines and factories registered 94.9 against the base of 100 for 2000, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a preliminary report.

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