Gross value added (GVA) rose modestly by 0.2%, as results were mixed across industries.
Manufacturing drove the rise (+2.4%) as food product manufacturing caught up from the weather related delays in production suffered in the December quarter. Metal product manufacturing also contributed to the rise with increased global demand for non-monetary gold.
Electricity, gas, water and waste services (+1.5%) rose as a warmer than usual end to the summer saw increased electricity usage.
Rental, hiring and real estate services (-1.6%) fell driven by reduced demand for commercial and residential real estate services, aligned with slowdown in the property market.
Professional, scientific, and technical services (-1.2%) fell as demand for engineering and consulting services further eased from record high levels.
Mining (-0.3%) fell driven by iron ore mining (-0.5%) as shutdowns and maintenance of mines prevented production. Despite the fall, exports of iron ore continued through draw downs of inventories built up during recent quarters of high production volumes.