New Delhi: Showing persistent sluggishness in the economy, industrial production growth slowed to 4.1 percent in February this year, mainly due to poor performance of manufacturing sector and consumer goods segment.

Growth in factory output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), was higher at 6.7 percent in February 2011.

Besides, the IIP growth has been revised downwards to 1.14 percent in January, from the provisional estimates of 6.8 percent, according to the official data released on Thursday.

Output of the manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 percent of the index, rose by just 4 percent in February, compared to 7.5 percent in February 2011.

Consumer goods output has also shown a slowdown as the production declined by 0.2 percent in February, as compared to 13.4 percent in the same month last year.
Besides, the consumer durables segment output contracted 6.7 percent in February, as against robust 18.2 percent growth in the same month last year.

However, the capital goods sector witnessed a growth of 10.6 percent, as against a contraction of 5.7 percent in the same month last year. Mining output too has shown some improvement at 2.1 percent in February, as against 1.2 percent growth in the year-ago month.

Power generation witnessed a growth of 8 percent in February, compared to 6.8 percent in the year-ago period. During the month, 18 out of 22 industry groups witnessed positive growth in February.

Output of basic goods went up by 7.5 percent, as against 5.5 per cent. However, intermediate goods witnessed a contraction of 0.6 percent, as against 6.3 percent growth in February last year.

During the April-February period of 2011-12, the IIP growth is 3.5 percent, as against 8.1 percent in same period in 2010-11.