Economic Buzz: Core Industries Grow 5.3% In February, Strong Show By Steel This Fiscal

The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stands at 123.1 in February, 2018, which was 5.3% higher as compared to the index of February, 2017. Its cumulative growth during April to February, 2017-18 was 4.3%. The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27% of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

Coal production (weight: 10.33 per cent) increased by 1.4 per cent in February, 2018 over February, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 1.6 per cent during April to February, 2017-18 over corresponding period of the previous year.

Crude Oil production (weight: 8.98 per cent) declined by 2.4 per cent in February, 2018 over February, 2017. Its cumulative index declined by 0.8 per cent during April to February, 2017-18 over the corresponding period of previous year.

The Natural Gas production (weight: 6.88 per cent) declined by 1.5 per cent in February, 2018 over February, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 3.1 per cent during April to February, 2017-18 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Petroleum Refinery production (weight: 28.04 per cent) increased by 7.8 per cent in February, 2018 over February, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 4.9 per cent during April to February, 2017-18 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Fertilizers production (weight: 2.63 per cent) increased by 5.3 per cent in February, 2018 over February, 2017. Its cumulative index declined by 0.2 per cent during April to February, 2017-18 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Steel production (weight: 17.92 per cent) increased by 5.0 per cent in February, 2018 over February, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 5.9 per cent during April to February, 2017-18 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Cement production (weight: 5.37 per cent) increased by 22.9 per cent in February, 2018 over February, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 5.7 per cent during April to February, 2017-18 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Electricity generation (weight: 19.85 per cent) increased by 4.0 per cent in February, 2018 over February, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 5.2 per cent during April to February, 2017-18 over the corresponding period of previous year.