The Economic Development Board on Monday reported that industrial production grew 8.9 per cent in February compared to a year ago, faster than the 4.2 per cent expected by economists in a Bloomberg poll. Excluding biomedical manufacturing, output grew 9.1 per cent. February's factory output growth of 8.9 per cent still lags behind January's stellar expansion of 16.9 per cent, revised down from earlier 17.9 per cent. On a seasonally adjusted basis, however, manufacturing output dipped 0.5 per cent in February from January. With biomedical manufacturing stripped out, output still managed to grow 1.3 per cent from January.