Average labour earnings in major sectors of the economy increased 10.1 per cent in nominal terms in the fourth quarter of last year compared to a year earlier, figures show. After allowing for consumer price changes, there was a 3.9 per cent increase, the Census and Statistics Department said. The average pay per person engaged in manufacturing increased 9.6 per cent in nominal terms, or 3.4 per cent in real terms. For the wholesale, retail, import and export trades, restaurants and hotels sector, average pay per person rose 6.1 per cent in nominal terms, or 0.1 per cent in real terms. The relatively modest increase in labour earnings in this sector was largely attributable to a slower increase in labour earnings in the import and export trades, as growth in external trade moderated, the department said. Retail earnings picked up on the back of improving consumer demand, it said. Earnings in hotels also rose significantly. Average pay in the transport, storage and communications sector showed an increase of 8.8 per cent in nominal terms, or 2.6 per cent in real terms.