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Industrial output grows at 4.2% in July

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New Delhi: Driven by good performance of manufacturing and capital goods sectors, industrial production rose by 4.2 % in July against 0.9 % growth a year ago, but may not dampen the case for rate cut by RBI as it is still lower than growth recorded in the previous month.

According to the official data released today, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) in July was a shade lower than the revised estimate of 4.36 % in June.

“July IIP data consistent with steady improvement in GDP numbers. Data for capital goods & manufacturing sectors are noteworthy,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das tweeted.

The IIP was at 3.5 % in April-July period against 3.6 % in the year-ago period, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said in a release.

The main contributors to the growth were manufacturing and capital goods sector.

The manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 % of the index, grew by 4.7% in July 2015 against a contraction of 0.3 % in the same month last year.The output of capital goods, a barometer of investment, grew at an impressive rate of 10.6% against a contraction of 3 % in the same month last year.

Commenting on the data, Assocham President Rana Kapoor said, “With prices seemingly under control…RBI in its upcoming bi-monthly monetary policy must give due consideration to providing further fillip to the industrial growth and probably announce at least 25 bps rate cut.”

RBI is scheduled to announce next monetary policy review on September 29.

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