Factory output growth hits three-month low of 4.3 per cent

Retail inflation for September came in marginally higher at 3.77 per cent but is still within the Reserve Bank’s target of 4 per cent.

Published: 13th October 2018 04:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2018 04:45 AM   |  A+A-


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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A contraction in mining sector production combined with a deceleration in capital goods output saw factory output growth hit a three-month low of 4.3 per cent during the month of August. Retail inflation for September, meanwhile, came in marginally higher at 3.77 per cent but is still within the Reserve Bank’s target of 4 per cent.

Industrial production measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) stood at 4.8 per cent in August last year, while retail inflation in September 2017 had stood at 3.28 per cent.The primary factor in the deceleration in factory output growth was the 0.4 per cent contraction registered in mining sector production in August this year. Slower growth in capital goods output, at 5 per cent compared to 7.3 per cent last year, also contributed to the slowdown.  

Manufacturing sector output grew at 4.6 per cent compared to 3.8 per cent a year ago and power generation rose at 7.6 per cent in the month as against 8.3 per cent. August’s IIP growth is the lowest since May, when industrial production grew at 3.9 per cent. In June and July, factory output had grown at 6.8 per cent and 6.5 per cent respectively. In terms of use-based segments, August, 2018, saw primary goods output rise 2.6 per cent, intermediate goods by 2.4 per cent and infrastructure goods by 7.8 per cent.

According to the data released by the government, 16 out of 23 industry segments in manufacturing registered positive growth compared to August last year. Economists believe the figures are likely to improve in the coming months. “... The government’s focus on building roads, houses and rural infrastructure will provide impetus to rural demand,” said Dharmakirti Joshi, Chief Economist, CRISIL Research.

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