Headline industrial output fell by 7.3% year-on year in September, following a 5.2% decline in the previous month, a detailed release of data by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Monday shows. Output dropped by 5.8% when adjusted for the number of workdays, KSH said. At the same time, output of the automotive industry, Hungary’s biggest manufacturing sector, rose by 1.2% year-on-year in September, slowing after a 4.6% increase in the previous month, KSH added. The segment accounted for 27% of manufacturing output during the month. The detailed data show output of the electrical equipment segment, which made up 12% of manufacturing output, inched up by 2.0%. Output of the computer, electronics and optical equipment segment, accounting for 10% of manufacturing, fell by 18.2%. Output of the food, drinks and tobacco segment, which made up 13% of manufacturing sector output, slipped by 9.7%. In a month-on-month comparison, output rose by a seasonally and workday-adjusted 1.2%. For the period January-September, output dropped by 4.9% year-on-year. Industrial sales fell by 11.2% year-on-year in September. Export sales slipped by 7.7% and domestic sales dropped by 16.4%. In absolute terms, industrial sales reached 5,916 billion forints (EUR 15.6bn). Export sales accounted for 62% of the total.