New Delhi, Sep 12 - Shrugging off the contraction experienced in the previous month, Indian factory output in July rose marginally by 1.2% as compared to the same month of last year, official data showed.
As per the new Index of Industrial Production (IIP), with the revised base year of 2011-12, factory output had declined by (-)0.1% during June due to a drop in manufacturing, from a rise of 2.80% reported for May this year.
The factory output had expanded by 4.5% during July of 2016.
On a year-to-date basis, the output rose by 1.7% during April-July, 2017, which was much lower than the IIP growth rate of 6.5% recorded in the corresponding period of last year.
Data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that July's modest turnaround was mostly led by a revival in electricity, which grew at 6.5% over the same month last year, and in "Other manufacturing" that grew at an impressive 20.9% year-on-year.
Manufacturing output, which has the maximum weightage in the overall index, inched up at a marginal 0.1% in July. The mining output during the month in consideration rose 4.8%.
Among the six use-based classification groups, the output of primary goods grew by 2.3%, consumer non-durables by 3.4% and infrastructure or construction goods by 3.7%.
In contrast, the output of intermediate goods declined by (-)1.8%, consumer durables by (-)1.3% and capital goods by (-)1%.
"In terms of industries, eight out of the 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during the month of July 2017 as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year," the CSO said.
"The industry group 'Other manufacturing' has shown the highest positive growth of 20.9%, followed by 18.9% in 'Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products'... on the other hand, the industry group 'Manufacture of tobacco products' has shown the highest negative growth of (-)43.4%," it added.