The country’s eight core infrastructure industries grew 4.7% in October, matching the September growth, which has been revised down from 5.2%. This is the highest core sector growth since March 2017.
April-October growth stood at 3.5%, down from 5.6% in the corresponding period last year.
Six of the eight industries included in the core sector recorded a sequential deterioration in growth, but that was offset by pick up in output of steel and fertilisers.
Steel production rose 8.4% and was followed closely by refinery products that reported 7.5% growth.
Coal output grew 3.9% in October against 10.4% in September. Cement production fell 2.7% against 0.1% rise in September. Crude oil production also fell 0.4% in October.
The other industries in core sector are electricity, fertilisers, refinery products, natural gas, and coal.
The core sector industries have a 40% weigh in the Index of Industrial Production.