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Industrial growth edges up to 1.9% in March on the back of slowdown in core sectors

In FY22, industrial output grew by 11.3 percent as against a contraction of 8.4 percent in FY21.

May 13, 2022 / 06:18 AM IST

India's industrial growth, as per the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), edged up to 1.9 percent in March from 1.5 percent in February, data released on May 12 by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation showed.

Industrial growth was not expected to show significant improvement in March after data released on April 29 showed the output of India's eight core sectors increased by 4.3 percent year-on-year in the last month of FY22, down from 6 percent the previous month.

With the eight core industries accounting for 40.3 percent of the total weight of IIP, industrial growth as per the IIP tracks the performance of these core sectors.

The meagre pick-up in industrial growth in March was matched by the manufacturing sector, whose output rose by 0.9 percent, slightly up from an increase of 0.5 percent posted in February.

The other two sectors - mining and electricity - saw their fortunes move in opposite directions. While electricity production grew at a faster rate of 6.1 percent, growth in mining output declined to 4.0 percent from 4.5 percent in February.

The picture was no better as per the use-based classification, with half the categories witnessing an improvement in output growth, while that for the other half deteriorated.
MAR 2022FEB 2022MAR 2021
IIP growth1.9%1.5%24.2%
Primary goods5.7%4.6%7.9%
Capital goods0.7%2.0%50.4%
Intermediate goods0.6%3.7%22.4%
Infrastructure goods7.3%9.1%35.1%
Consumer durables-3.2%-8.7%59.9%
Consumer non-durables-5.0%-5.8%29.2%

Specifically, the production of capital goods was up a mere 0.7 percent year-on-year in March, down from an annual growth of 2.0 percent in February.

"The bleak three-month low 0.7 percent growth in capital goods output in March 2022 doesn't bode well for a pickup in investment activity in Q4 FY22," warned Aditi Nayar, ICRA's chief economist.

The fall in the growth of capital goods production will be a matter of concern for policymakers, who hope higher public capital expenditure will lead the way for India's economic recovery.

The March IIP data completes the numbers for the last financial year. In FY22, industrial output grew by 11.3 percent following a contraction of 8.4 percent in FY21.

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first published: May 12, 2022 05:41 pm
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