The factory output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had also grown at a meagre rate of 0.4 percent in August, 2013.
     
IIP for July was also revised downwards to 0.41 percent from the provisional estimates of 0.5 percent released last month, according to the data released by the Central Statistics Office on Friday.
     
During the April-August period of 2014-15, IIP grew at 2.8 percent, as against flat production in same period in the previous fiscal.
 
According to the IIP data, manufacturing – which constitutes over 75 percent of the index -- contracted by 1.4 percent in August, compared to 0.2 percent decline in output a year ago. For April-August, the sector grew at 1.8 percent, compared to 0.1 percent contraction in the year-ago period.
    
The consumer goods output contracted by 6.9 percent in August against 0.9 percent decline logged a year ago. For April-August, the segment showed contraction of 4.9 percent, compared to a decline of 1.6 percent in the same period of 2013-14.
    
The consumer durables segment declined by 15 percent in August, as against a dip of 8.3 percent a year ago. For April-August, it declined 12.9 percent as against a dip of 11.2 percent in the five month period of last fiscal.
    
Consumer non-durable goods output too declined by 0.9 percent in August, compared to 5.4 percent growth in same month last year. During April-August, the segment grew by 0.9 percent compared to 6.8 percent growth in same period last fiscal.
    
Overall, 11 of the 22 industry groups in manufacturing showed positive growth in August.  

The production of capital goods, a barometer of demand, contracted by 11.3 percent in August, against 2 percent decline in same month of last year, the CSO data showed.
     
The mining sector grew by 2.6 percent in August against a dip of 0.9 percent a year ago.
      
Power generation, however, increased by 12.9 percent in the month under review compared to 7.2 percent growth a year ago.
 
Production of intermediate goods expanded by just 0.3 percent in August, compared to 3.8 percent growth a year ago.
     
Basic goods output grew 9.6 percent in August against a growth of 0.9 percent a year ago.

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