Industrial production in Brazil rose 0.7 percent in September compared to the previous month after remaining stagnant in August and falling in July, the state-run Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, or IBGE, said Friday.

The rise in industrial output, which climbed 2 percent relative to September 2012, was driven by the automotive sector, a major industry in Brazil.

Output in the auto sector rose 6.2 percent, while production of personal hygiene and cleaning products grew 8.4 percent and output of transportation equipment climbed 8.6 percent.

Publishing sector output was hardest hit in December, falling 12.2 percent, followed by dressmaking, down 10.5 percent, while petroleum product production declined by 4.5 percent.

Industrial activity rose in 13 of the 27 segments analyzed by the IBGE.

Industrial output, which fell 2.4 percent in July relative to June, rose 1.6 percent in the year's first nine months compared to the same period of 2012. EFE