Manufacturing output, which constitutes over 75 percent of the index, grew at higher rate of 5.1 percent in April as against 3 percent in the same month last year.

The production of capital goods, a barometer of demand, however, grew at a slower pace of 11.1 percent in April as against 13.4 percent in the same month last year.

In April this year, mining sector too grew at a slower rate. The growth was 0.6 percent as against 1.7 percent in April last year.

On the other hand, electricity production contracted by 0.5 percent, while it had expanded by 11.9 percent in the same month last year.

In terms of industries, 16 out of the 22 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during April compared with the corresponding month previous year.

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