India's factory output grows sharply at 4.3% in August
13 October, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Terri Saunders
The cumulative growth in these three sectors during April-August 2017 over the corresponding period of 2016 has been 3.3 percent, 1.6 percent and 6.2 percent respectively.
Additionally, the Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) for all India Rural, Urban and Combined stood at 1.25% compared to 1.52% of August 2017 and 3.96% of September 2016.
Retail inflation came in at 3.28 per cent in September, unchanged from August, despite softening of vegetable and cereal prices, according to government data.
The Reserve Bank of India had raised its inflation projection to 4.2-4.6 per cent for the second half of the current fiscal due to firming global oil prices and uncertainty on kharif farm output.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday also cut its growth forecast for the Indian economy by half a percentage point to 6.7% for 2017-18, blaming the lingering disruptions caused by demonetisation of high value currencies previous year and the roll out of the GST.
Electricity production increased 8.3 percent in August as compared with 2.1 percent a year ago.
Meanwhile, the July IIP number was revised to 0.94 per cent from 1.2 per cent provisional estimates released last month.
As per use-based classification, the growth rates in August 2017 over August 2016 are 7.1 per cent in primary goods, 5.4 per cent in capital goods, (-) 0.2 per cent in intermediate goods and 2.5 per cent in infrastructure/ construction goods. "However, 13 of the 23 sub-sectors of manufacturing with a weight of 27% in the IIP, recorded a contraction in August 2017".
As food prices remained steady, the country's retail inflation also remained flat at 3.28% in September.
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