>> Thursday, April 9, 2009
India's industrial output fell 1.2 per cent in February against a growth of 9.5 per cent in the like month of last fiscal, even as the provisional drop reported for January has been revised now to a marginal growth of 0.39 per cent.
As per data on index for industrial production (IIP) released on Thursday, manufacturing output, which accounts for the bulk of the weight in the overall index, declined 1.4 per cent in February, against 9.6 per cent growth in the like month of last year.
While mining output also fell 1.6 per cent, against 8 per cent growth in February 2008, that for electricity increased marginally by 0.7 per cent compared with a 9.8-per cent growth during the period under review, the official statistics showed.
Cumulatively, the general index expanded 2.8 per cent during the first 11 months of 2008-09, as against 8.8 per cent in the same period of last year. Industrial output was up 8.1 percent in 2007-08 and 11.6 per cent in the year before. - ET