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April boon: India's industrial growth rises by 4.9%

Data showed that manufacturing sector had a growth of 5.2% in April, up from 2.9% last year same month. Pic for representational purpose only.Data showed that manufacturing sector had a growth of 5.2% in April, up from 2.9% last year same month. Pic for representational purpose only.

In a major cheer for the industrial sector of India, April 2018 has brought some good news. The news agency PTI reports that industrial output expanded by 4.9% in the month, which got a boost from higher growth in manufacturing and mining sectors.

The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had pegged the industrial growth at 3.2% in April last year.

In March 2018, industrial production had grown at 4.4%. Data by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) says that the manufacturing sector, which constitute more than 77% of the index, showed a growth of 5.2% in April, up from 2.9% last year same month, the PTI reports.

The mining sector expanded by 5.1%, higher than 3% in April 2017. However, power generation took a beating as the growth slipped to 2.1% in April 2018, from 5.4% in the year-ago month.


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