India’s infrastructure sector output grew 3.7% in August — the highest in seven months — boosted by strong coal, cement and electricity production, rekindling hopes a sustained industrial rebound.
The seven infrastructure sectors — coal, crude oil, oil refinery, natural gas, steel, cement, electricity and fertilisers — account for 37.9% of India’s industrial output and these grew by a combined 3.1% in July.
The growth in August, however, was sharply lower than 6.1% growth in the same month of 2012, official data released Monday showed.
All eyes will now be on India’s industrial output data that will be released next week.
Factory output grew by 2.6% in July, expanding for the first time in three months, and retail inflation fell in August to 9.52% but analysts had cautioned that it may too early to read these as the beginning of a sustained economic rebound.
The growth in the index of industrial production (IIP) — a gauge for measuring production in factories — was largely driven by an unexpected 15.6% jump in capital goods output in July from a contraction of 5.8% last year. IIP grew by 0.1% in 2012-13.