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Economy: Eight core sectors' output up 9.4% in July

According to the commerce and industry ministry data, production of coal, natural gas, refinery products, steel, cement and electricity jumped by 18.7 percent, 18.9 percent, 6.7 percent, 9.3 percent, 21.8 percent and 9 percent in July, respectively.

August 31, 2021 / 08:14 PM IST

The output of eight core sectors grew by 9.4 percent in July, mainly due to a low base effect and uptick in production of coal, natural gas, steel, cement and electricity, official data showed on Tuesday.

The eight infrastructure sectors of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity had contracted by 7.6 percent in July 2020 due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to control the spread of COVID-19.

According to the commerce and industry ministry data, production of coal, natural gas, refinery products, steel, cement and electricity jumped by 18.7 percent, 18.9 percent, 6.7 percent, 9.3 percent, 21.8 percent and 9 percent in July, respectively.

Crude oil output contracted by 3.2 percent during the month under review. Fertiliser segment recorded a growth of 0.5 percent.

During April-July this fiscal, the eight sectors grew by 21.2 percent against a negative growth of 19.8 percent in the same period last year.
PTI
first published: Aug 31, 2021 08:14 pm
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