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- Published on Friday, 02 December 2011 11:40
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These sectors were major employers especially in industrial hubs like Bulawayo.
According to figures released by Finance Minister Tendai Biti, capacity utilisation in the clothing sector declined from 30 percent in 2010 to 25 percent this year and is expected to remain static at 25 percent next year.
The textile sector is heading for a further slump with capacity utilisation down from 23 percent last year to 20 percent his year and 19 percent next year.
Paper printing and publishing will be down to 25 percent last year having stood at 32 percent last year.
Biti said the major factors constraining these sectors was low product demand, obsolete machinery susceptible to frequent breakdowns, lack of working capital and raw materials.