Exports supported growth in industrial output of 16.2% in the first two months of this year compared to 2005, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Value-added output for state-owned and major non-state enterprises reached US$137 billion. Exports of industrial products increased by 24.2% in January and February, year-on-year. Industrial output growth over the same period last year was 16.9%. Companies were able to sell 96.99% of output in the first two months of the year, down 0.28 of a percentage point compared to 2005. Statistics are released for both months combined to minimize the effect of the Lunar New Year holiday.