A worker seen on a flyover, as the traffic moves slowly on National Highway 8 in New Delhi, India (Photographer: Amit Bhargava/Bloomberg News.)  

Infrastructure Growth Jumps To Seven-Month High Of 6.7%

Growth of eight core sectors expanded to seven-month high of 6.7 percent in June due to better performance by cement, refinery and coal segments, as per official data released today.

The eight sectors, which also include fertilisers, steel, natural gas, electricity and crude oil, had expanded by 1 percent in June last year. The growth rate in May was 4.3 percent.

As per the data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the expansion in cement, refinery products and coal was 13.2 percent, 12 percent and 11.5 percent respectively, year-on-year basis.

Crude oil and natural gas registered a negative growth of 3.4 percent and 2.7 percent respectively in June compared to the year-ago period. The expansion in the electricity generation was 4 percent in June compared to 2.2 percent in the same month last year. Steel sector, however witnessed a slower growth of 4.4 percent compared to 6 percent in June 2017.

The data revealed that expansion rate in the fertiliser segment was 1 percent, better than negative growth recorded in the year ago month.

During the April-June quarter of the current year, the eight core industries recorded a growth of 5.2 percent as against 2.5 percent in the same period last year.

These eight core industries comprise 40.27 percent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production