Industrial output grows 1.8% in Dec 2011
Factory output growth, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), slipped from 5.94 per cent in November. It grew by 8.1 per cent in December, 2010.
The decline in industrial output, which comes in the backdrop of a likelihood in moderation in economic growth of 6.9 per cent in the current fiscal from 8.4 per cent in the previous fiscal, may prompt the Reserve Bank to reduce interest rates in its mid-quarterly policy review next month.
"IIP is disappointing... I hope, from the next couple of months it will start improving," Mukherjee said.
Output of the manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 per cent of the index, rose at a lower rate of 1.8 per cent in December, compared to a growth of 8.7 per cent in the same month of 2010.
Besides, capital goods sector witnessed a contraction of 16.5 per cent, against a growth of 20.2 per cent in the same month in 2010. Mining output too contracted by 3.7 per cent in December, against 5.9 per cent growth in the year ago period.
Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan said investment sentiment is expected to revive in the next three months.
"There are indications of revival in factory output in January-March quarter as mining sector would show improvement
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