YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The State Statistics Department of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh reported a 868 million dram commodity turnout from January to March 1998–with a net growth of 149.8 million drams and a 21.1 percent growth rate. At 20 state-run enterprises–57.2 percent of enterprises–the output of commodity products was reported over the level of the corresponding period last year. The biggest growth was reported by Stepanakert’s furniture factory (3.5-fold); industrial and construction enterprise No. 1 (2.8-fold); Shushi’s electromechanical plant (3.7-fold); Hadrut’s forestry (3.4-fold); Martuni’s winery (3.4-fold)–and others. At the same time–the index of the physical volume of production was low at Stepanakert’s dairy factory (63.6 percent); the "Poligraf" state-run enterprise (58.1 percent); the rug weaving mill (70.3 percent); the industrial enterprise (75.7 percent); and the Mardakert forestry (89.8 percent).
In January-March 1998 high industrial growth–compared to the corresponding period last year–were provided by: Stepanakert’s building material enterprise (56.1-fold); industrial and construction enterprise No. 1 (36.7-fold); the furniture factory (4.1-fold); the boot and shoe factory (3.8-fold); the winery (3.3-fold); the electrotechnical plant (2.2-fold); and the dairy factory (4.2-fold).
The number of workers at industrial enterprises grew by 871 people–or 38.3 percent for the period in question; in the state sector by 36 people–or 1.8 percent; in the private sector by 835 people–or 6.8 times.
The net growth of commodity output at industrial enterprises of Karabakh totaled 119.9 million drams.