Industrial output grew by 4.4% in March, the slowest in five months, due to a fall in capital goods production and deceleration in mining activity, according to the official data. Industrial growth measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) in 2017-18 too decelerated to 4.3% from 4.6% in the previous fiscal.
The IIP grew by 4.4% in March 2017, the same as in March this year, the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showedon Friday. The previous low at 1.8% was recorded in October 2017.
The manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 77% of the index, grew at 4.4% in March as compared to 3.3% in the same month a year ago.
Mining sector output decelerated to 2.8% during the month as compared to 10.1% in March 2017. Similarly, power generation too slowed down to 5.9% as against 6.2% in March 2017.
Capital goods output, however, declined by 1.8% during March as compared to a growth of 9.4% in the corresponding period last year. Consumer durables output on the other hand showed an increase of 2.9% as against decline of 0.6% in March 2017.
The consumer non-durables segment showed an impressive growth of 10.9% in March as against 7.5% in corresponding month last year.
During 2017-18, the manufacturing sector recorded a growth of 4.5%, marginally up from 4.4% in 2016-17.
The mining sector as well as power generation reported deceleration to 2.3% and 4.6% from 5.3% and 5.4% respectively in 2016-17.