Manufacturing sales volumes rose in the December quarter, led by petroleum and coal.
Official figures show that manufacturing sales volumes climbed a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent in the December quarter.
That follows a 3.3 percent rise in the September period.
Petrol and coal manufacturing led the pack, followed by meat and dairy.
On the other hand, fruit, oil and cereal manufacturing fell.
Economists say the data is consistent with a fourth quarter growth rate of around 0.7 percent.