YEREVAN, February 5. / ARKA /. Armenia’s industrial output in 2013 saw an increase of 6.8 percent from the previous year to 1.204.1 trillion drams, the government said after a meeting of a prime minister-chaired industry council.
It quoted deputy economy minister Tigran Harutyunyan as saying that the sale of industrial output grew by 8.3 percent to 1.214.4 trillion drams. Of that amount 453 billion drams worth products were exports, he said.
He was quoted also as saying that sales of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products generated $12.6 million, by $600,000 more than projected. Exports of these products in nine months last year amounted to $6.7 million, while the projection for the whole year is $7 million.
He said also brandy sales rose from projected 5% to 14.9%. The exports of brandy were projected to raise $135 million; however, the figure for the first nine months totaled $125.5 million.
He said export of jewelry in the first nine months totaled $15.3 million, while the annual projection is $19.4 million ($1 – 410.19 drams). -0-