NEW DELHI: Showing signs of sluggishness in the economy, growth rate of industrial production slowed to 3.4 per cent in June, as against 5 per cent in May, mainly due to lower output of consumer goods.

Retail inflation inched up to 7.96 per cent in July, mainly due to higher prices of food items such as vegetables, fruits and milk. Retail inflation measured on consumer price index (CPI) in June was 7.46 per cent (revised upwards from 7.31 per cent). It was at 9.64 per cent in the same month a year ago.
The factory output number has remained in the positive territory for the third month in a row mainly due to a better show by manufacturing, mining and power sectors and higher output of capital goods.

The output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production, had contracted by 1.8 per cent in June, 2013.

IIP for May was revised to 5 per cent from the provisional estimates of 4.7 per cent released last month, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

During the April-June period of the current fiscal, IIP has recorded a growth of 3.9 per cent, as against contraction of 1 per cent in the first quarter of 2013-14.

According to the IIP data, output of consumer goods contracted by 10 per cent in June compared to the contraction of 1.5 per cent a year ago. For the April-June quarter, the segment shows a contraction of 3.6 per cent, compared to a decline of 2.1 per cent in the same period of 2013-14.

The consumer durables segment declined by 23.4 per cent in June, as against a dip of 10.1 per cent a year ago. For April- June, it declined by 9.6 per cent as against a dip of 12.7 per cent in the first quarter of last fiscal.

Similarly, the consumer non-durable goods output grew at a meagre rate of 0.1 per cent in June compared to 6.2 per cent in same month last year. During April-June, the segment grew at 0.7 per cent compared to 7.1 per cent in same period last fiscal.

Manufacturing, which constitutes over 75 per cent of the index, grew 1.8 per cent in June, compared to decline in output by 1.7 per cent a year ago. For April-June, the sector grew at 3.1 per cent growth, compared to the contraction of 1.1 per cent in the year-ago period. Overall, 15 of the 22 industry groups in manufacturing showed positive growth in May.

Food inflation in July this year rose to 9.36 per cent as against 7.97 per cent in June, according to the government data released today.

Vegetables were costlier in July with a double-digit price rise of 16.88 per cent, a steep rise from 8.73 per cent in June.

Fruit prices went up to 22.48 in July as against 20.64 per cent in June.

The rate of price rise in pulses was 5.85 per cent. Inflation in milk and milk products stood at 11.26 per cent during the month under review.