India's IIP in August highest in 9 months, inflation unchanged

India's factory output grows sharply at 4.3% in August

India's factory output grows sharply at 4.3% in August

Showing signs of revival, industrial production expanded at its fastest pace in nine months in August at 4.3 per cent, while retail inflation stayed flat at 3.28 per cent in September.

India's annual consumer inflation in September marginally eased to 3.28% from a year ago, government data showed on Thursday. Retail inflation stood at 4.31 per cent in September, 2016.

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Ms. Nayar said appreciable strengthening of the industrial growth in August 2017 from the mild 0.94% in July 2017 was on expected lines, as restocking of manufactured items gained steam following the introduction of the GST and prior to the festive season.

The August intermediate goods output is at -0.2 per cent, against -1.8 per cent in July. The previous high in IIP growth was recorded at 5.1 per cent in November 2016. She added, "Encouragingly, the sequential improvement in industrial growth in August 2017 was broad-based, led by all three sectors (mining, manufacturing and electricity) and five of the six use-based industries (except infrastructure/construction goods)".

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In terms of industries, 10 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector showed positive growth during August 2017. The primary goods output is at 7.1 per cent in August, against 2.3 per cent in July, the capital goods output is at 5.4 per cent in August, against -1 per cent in July.

Food price inflation that measures kitchen costs, remained soft at 1.76 per cent. Vegetables prices grew at 3.92 per cent in September as compared to 6.1 per cent in August. The drop in inflation could also raise demands for a rate cut now from the Reserve Bank of India that had kept the benchmark rates unchanged due to rising inflation trend.

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