HANOI, March 12 (Reuter)-Vietnamese trade and industrial output rose in the
first two months of this year thanks to more oil production and power
generation, according to official figures published on Saturday.
monthly economic review by the official English-language newspaper Vietnam News
looked good on the whole for the economy, which the government wants to keep
growing at eight percent a year.
Industrial output was three percent
higher than in February, 1993, it said. Over 15 percent more oil was pumped from
offshore fields in the South China Sea and 7.5 percent more electricity was
The newspaper did not give figures for oil out put but said oil
exports - the main hard-currency earner - were up 30 percent.
exports and imports in the first two months of 1994 showed increases over the
same period of 1993, the report said. -