BANGKOK, June 25 (Reuters) -
* Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in May dropped 3.99% from a year earlier, dragged by lower production of cars and rubber products, the Industry Ministry said on Tuesday.
* That compares with a forecast fall of 0.1% in a Reuters poll, and against April’s 2.03% gain.
* Capacity utilisation was at 67.72% in May, compared with 63.89% in April. April had fewer work days due to holidays.
* The ministry expects the MPI to rise 2% this year, after last year’s 2.8% increase. (Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon Writing by Orathai Sriring; editing by Gopakumar Warrier)