Indian Industry Expanded At A Fastest Rate in 25 Months :)

Indian Industry Expanded At A Fastest Rate in 25 Months

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India’s industrial output rose at a faster-than-expected 11.7 per cent in November  from a year earlier, due to stimulus-backed demand for manufactured goods, particularly consumer goods.

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Part of the industrial growth, measured by IIP is no doubt due to a low base of last year but it is mostly attributable to stimulus-driven demand.

Stimulus measures have boosted domestic demand for sure.

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However, industrial growth was just 2.5% in November 2008.

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India’s factory production in November was the fastest in 25 months, raising a debate on whether stimulus provided to spur the economy should continue.

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Meanwhile, manufactured goods, which have around 80% weight in the Index of Industrial Production, which measures industrial growth, grew by 12.7% in November 2009 compared to 2.7% in the same month a year ago.

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Within this category, consumer durable goods production expanded by 37.3% in the month against just 0.3% a year ago  while industrial output in Q1 of 2009-10 stood at 3.8% and in Q2 at 9.2%.

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Moreover, with better-than-expected performance in November,  industrial production in the first 2 months of Q3 now expanded at more than 10%, as it grew by 10.3% in October.

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As such, if the trend is maintained in December, industry would expand at faster pace in the third quarter.

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On the other hand, the continuous rise of industrial production gives enough hope that the recovery is on a firm footing.

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Though it is going to fuel the debate whether stimulus provided by the government to boost the economy should be withdrawn now or not.

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Market experts believe that with respect to stimulus, there could be some withdrawal on the indirect taxes side. This could be required to make up for the fiscal deficit.

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As part of stimulus, government had cut excise duty by six per cent and service tax by two per cent, besides stepping up Plan expenditure taking the total value of stimulus to Rs 1,86,000 crore.

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