Core Sector Growth Recovers To 1.3% In December
Molten steel is poured at a factory in India. (Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg)

Core Sector Growth Recovers To 1.3% In December

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Growth of eight core industries recovered to 1.3 percent in December 2019 after remaining in the negative zone in the previous four months helped by expansion in the production of coal, fertiliser and refinery products.

The growth was, however, lower than 2.1 percent recorded in December 2018.

Production of crude oil, natural gas, and electricity contracted in the month under review.

Sectors which recorded positive growth were coal, refinery products and fertiliser.

However, growth rate of steel and cement sectors slowed down to 1.9 percent and 5.5 percent respectively.

During the April-December period, core industries recorded growth of 0.2 percent against 4.8 percent in the year-ago period.

The eight core sectors recorded negative growth in the four months to November 2019.

Commenting on the data, ICRA Ltd. said: "Despite the pickup in the core sector performance, we expect the IIP growth to dip in December 2019 from the initial 1.8 percent in November 2019, led by the wider contraction in auto output as well as the YoY decline in non oil merchandise exports after a gap of two months".

These eight sectors comprise 40.27 percent of the weight of items included in the IIP.

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