By Yantoultra Ngui

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia's industrial output grew at a faster-than-expected pace in December, rising 4.7% from the previous year, official data released Friday showed.

A poll of six economists by The Wall Street Journal had a median forecast of 4.2% growth.

In November, the industrial-production index, which measures output from mines, factories and power plants, climbed 6.2% from a year ago, according to the statistics department.

Output from the key manufacturing sector grew 4.3% in December, slower than November's 6.5% growth.

Electricity output expanded 6.1% during the month, decelerating from 9.7% a month earlier.

Output from the mining sector was up5.8% in December, compared with a 4.7% rise in November.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 09, 2017 23:15 ET (04:15 GMT)

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