New Delhi (Agencies): Industrial growth dipped to 1.6 per cent in December, 2010 from 18 per cent in the same period a year ago due to poor show of the manufacturing sector.

In November, 2010, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had expanded by a meagre 2.7 per cent.

Industrial growth during April-December this fiscal stood at 8.6 per cent, unchanged in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year, official data released on Friday showed.

In December, 2010, manufacturing growth plummeted to one per cent from 19.6 per cent a year ago.

Consumer non-durables production declined by 1.1 per cent during the month under review, in sharp contrast to three per cent growth in the same period last year.

The capital goods sector also slimmed by 13.7 per cent in December, 2010. The sector had expanded by 42.9 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Apart from manufacturing, mining growth also fell to 3.8 per cent in the month under review from 11.1 per cent in the same period of the previous year. However, electricity generation increased by six per cent in December, 2010, compared to 5.4 per cent in December, 2009.

In terms of industries, 12 out of 17 industry groups achieved positive growth in the last month of 2010.