The largest contributor to the quarter-on-quarter growth was mining and quarrying which recovered from a 5.4 percent contraction in the previous quarter and grew 11.4 percent, due to higher production of metal ores (including platinum) and ‘other’ mining and quarrying (including diamonds).
After contracting in the previous two quarters, agriculture surged 6.6 percent, boosted by higher production of horticulture and animal products.
Manufacturing shrank 6.6 percent over the previous quarter due to lower production of motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment.
All other sectors grew at slower pace. Finance, real estate and business services increased 1.3 percent. The wholesale, retail and motor trade; catering and accommodation industry and the transport, storage and communication industry each contributed expanded 1.3 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively.
Year-on-year, the GDP expanded 1.8 percent, down from 2.3 percent in the June quarter.