Industrial production growth slows to 1.7% in January 2019

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released the data for the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for the month of January. The IIP data shows that:

  • Industrial output growth stood at 1.7 per cent in January against the 2.6% growth recorded in December 2018.
  • The CSO has revised the industrial production growth for December 2018 has been revised upwards from 2.4% to 2.6%.
  • The growth of output of manufacturing sector moderated to 1.3% and the electricity generation rose a mere 0.8% in January 2019.
  • The mining output rebounded 3.9% in January 2019, snapping 1% decline in December 2018.
  • Capital goods output declined 3.2% in January 2019 and the output of intermediate goods also fell by 3.0% in January 2019.
  • The output of primary goods increased by 1.4%, while that of infrastructure/ construction goods moved up 7.9% in January 2019 when compared to January 2018.
  • The output of consumer durables moved up 1.8%, while that of consumer non-durable durables also rose 3.8% in January 2019 when compared to January 2018.
  • Eleven out of the twenty-three industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during the month of January 2019 as compared to January 2018.
  • The cumulative industrial production increased by 4% in April-January FY2019 compared with 4.1% growth in April-January FY2018.
  • The manufacturing sector growth has improved to 4.4% in April-January FY2019 from 4.2% growth in the corresponding period last year.
  • The electricity generation output growth also improved to 5.8%, while mining output growth accelerated to 5.3% in April-January FY2019.

Index of Industrial Production

Index of Industrial Production (IIP) is a composite indicator that measures the changes in the volume of production of a basket of industrial products during a given period with respect to the volume of production in a chosen base period. The base year for the IIP is 2011-12.

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