Published On: Fri, Mar 10th, 2017

India’s factory output rises 2.7% post demonetisation

New Delhi: India’s factory output post-demonetisation rose by 2.7 per cent in January, official data showed on Friday.

Cumulative growth of the country’s factory output has inched up by 0.6 per cent in the 10 months

The factory output, as per the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had inched lower by (-)0.10 per cent during December 2016 and contracted by (-)1.6 per cent in the corresponding month of the previous year.

As per the IIP data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the expansion was mainly on account of a 2.3 per cent increase in manufacturing output, which has the maximum weight in the overall index.

The output of other two major sub-indices — mining and electricity — expanded during the first month of 2017.

The mining output was up by 5.3 per cent, while that for electricity generation increased by 3.9 per cent.

The cumulative growth of the country’s factory output has inched up by 0.6 per cent in the 10 months of the current fiscal.

Besides, the data revealed that among the six use-based classifications of the index, the output of consumer goods segment contracted by (-)1.00 per cent in January.

The consumer non-durables segment’s output decreased by (-)3.2 per cent, whereas the consumer durables segment edged higher by 2.9 per cent. The intermediate goods’ output inched down by (-)2.3 per cent.

However, the capital goods segment, which is a key indicator of economic activity, was higher by 10.7 per cent. The basic goods’ output rose by 5.3 per cent.

Overall, only nine out of the 22 industry groups in the manufacturing sector shown positive growth during the month under review.

Segment-wise, high negative growth was reported in the ship building and repairs (-31.9 per cent), sugar (-28.2 per cent), PVC pipes and tubes (-27 per cent), molasses (-26 per cent), leather garments (-24.3 per cent) and three-wheelers (including passenger and goods carriers) (-24.3 per cent).

Growth was witnessed in cable, rubber insulated (282.8 per cent), fruit pulp (121.5 per cent), vitamins (46.9 per cent), telephone instruments, including mobile phones and accessories (31.7 per cent), plates (27.2 per cent) and antibiotics and it’s preparations (25.9 per cent).

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