Industrial output growth slows to fourmonth low
New Delhi: India’s industrial production growth slipped to a four-month low of 2 per cent in June, mainly due to poor performance of mining and manufacturing sectors, according to government data released on Friday. Factory output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had expanded by 7 per cent in June 2018. The previous low in IIP growth was in February 2019, when it had inched up 0.2 per cent. Thereafter, IIP grew at 2.7 per cent in March, 4.3 per cent in April and 4.6 per cent in May this year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, industrial output grew at 3.6 per cent in April-June quarter this fiscal, down from 5.1 per cent growth a year ago. There was a slowdown in the manufacturing sector, which grew at 1.2 per cent in June 2019 as compared to 6.9 per cent a year ago. Capital goods segment, which is a barometer of investment, saw a contraction of 6.5 per cent in June compared to 9.7 per cent growth a year ago. Mining growth dropped to 1.6 per cent in June from 6.5 per cent in the corresponding month of the last fiscal. The expansion in power generation sector stood at 8.2 per cent, compared to 8.5 per cent earlier. As per use-based classification, primary goods segment grew 0.5 per cent, intermediate goods 12.4 per cent and infrastructure/construction goods (-) 1.8 per cent in June 2019. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostConsumer durables and non-durables recorded growth of (-) 5.5 per cent and 7.8 per cent, respectively. In terms of industries, 8 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during June as compared to the same month a year ago. The industry group ‘Manufacture of basic metals’ showed the highest growth of 17.7 per cent, followed by 16.5 per cent in food products and 10.3 per cent in tobacco products. On the other hand, the industry group Manufacture of paper and paper products’ witnessed the highest negative growth of (-) 19.9 per cent, followed by (-) 14.3 per cent in ‘Manufacture of furniture’ and (-) 13.9 per cent in ‘Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers’.