Seasonally adjusted figures show that the volume of industrial production in October rose by 10.8% compared with the same month last year.

But the Central Statistics Office said production in the three months from August to October was 0.1% down on the previous three months to July.

A breakdown showed that in October, production in the modern sector - which includes the chemical and technology sectors - jumped by 14.7% compared with a year earlier. There was an increase of 0.2% in the traditional sector.