Eight core industries registered a growth of 5.6% in December 2016 on the back of healthy output recorded by refinery products and steel. The growth rate of eight infrastructure sectors — coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity — was 2.9% in December 2015. It stood at 4.9% in November 2016.
The core sectors, which contribute 38% to the total industrial production, expanded 5% in April – December 2016 compared to 2.6% growth in the same period last financial year, according to data released by the commerce and industry ministry on Tuesday.
Refinery products and steel production jumped 6.4% and 14.9%, respectively during the month under review. However, crude oil, fertiliser, natural gas and cement output reported contraction. Coal output declined by 4.4% in December 2016 from 5.3% in the same month previous year. Similarly, electricity generation too dipped by 6% as compared to 8.8% in December 2015.