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Industrial Output Contracts 0.1% in June, Enters Negative Zone

Sectors such as mining, power generation, infrastructure, construction goods and consumer durables also recorded poor performance.

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New Delhi: Industrial output entered negative territory in June, contracting by 0.1% mainly due to a decline in manufacturing and capital goods sectors.

Segments like mining, power generation, infrastructure, construction goods and consumer durables also recorded poor performance. Factory output, measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), grew 8% in June 2016, according to the data released by the Central Statistics Office on Friday.

On a quarterly basis, factory output growth during April-June slowed down to 2% from 7.1% in the corresponding period last year. This is the first time in the current fiscal that the industrial output has shown a decline. The IIP grew by 3.4% in April and 2.8% May as per the revised estimates released on Friday.

Manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 77% of the index, showed a decline of 0.4% in June as compared to a growth of 7.5% in the same month of 2016.

The output of mining and electricity sectors during the month decelerated to 0.4% and 2.1% from 10.2% and 9.8% respectively in June last year.

Capital goods output, which is the barometer of investment, declined by 6.8% from a growth of 14.8% a year ago.

Similarly, the output of primary goods and intermediate goods during the month declined by 0.2% and 0.6% as against growth of 8.2% and 6% respectively during June last year.

Consumer durables and consumer non-durables have recorded growth of (-) 2.1% and 4.9% respectively.

In terms of industries, 15 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown negative growth during the month of June 2017 as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.

  • Anjan Basu

    Nearly everything in the real world of India’s political economy seems to be headed for disaster. But, for the denizens of the govt’s world of virtual reality, fantasy continues to reign supreme. I am sure energetic efforts will be made to turn such negative data on their head, and a new set of reinvented data will assure us everything is just fine.