India's core sector industrial output growth remains firm at 6.6%

Core sector industrial production in the country remained nearly unchanged at 6.6 per cent in July against a 7-month high pace of 6.7 per cent recorded in June.

Output in the eight core sector industries comprising coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity, which carry nearly 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), grew 5.8 per cent in April-July 2018-19, official data showed.
Production of coal, which has a weight of 10.33 per cent in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) increased by 9.7 per cent in July 2018 while its cumulative production increased by 12.3 per cent during April-July 2018-19.
Production of crude oil (weight of 8.98 per cent in IIP) declined by 5.4 per cent in July 2018 while its cumulative production declined by 3.2 per cent during April-July 2018-19.
Production of natural gas (weight of 6.88per cent in IIP) declined by 5.2per cent in July 2018, while its cumulative production declined by 1.1 per cent during April-July 2018-19.
Petroleum refinery production (weight of 28.04 per cent in IIP) increased by 12.3 per cent in July 2018 while its cumulative production increased by 8.0 per cent during April-July 2018-19.
Fertilizer production (weight of: 2.63 per cent) increased by 1.3 per cent in July 2018 while its cumulative production increased by 3.7 per cent during April-July, 2018-19.
Steel production (weight of 17.92 per cent in IIP) increased by 6.0 per cent in July 2018 while its cumulative production increased by 3.2per cent during April-July 2018-19.
Cement production (weight of 5.37 per cent in IIP) increased by 10.8per cent in July 2018 while its cumulative production increased by 14.7 per cent during April-July 2018-19.
Electricity generation (weight of 19.85 per cent in IIP) increased by 4.8per cent in July 2018 while its cumulative production increased by 4.8per cent during April-July 2018-19.