The output of eight core infrastructure sectors grew marginally by 0.1 per cent in January, primarily attributable to progress within the manufacturing of fertiliser, metal and electrical energy.

The core sectors had expanded by 2.2 per cent in January 2020, in line with the provisional knowledge launched by the Commerce and Trade Ministry on Friday.

Coal, crude oil, pure gasoline, refinery merchandise, and cement recorded adverse progress in January.

Nonetheless, the output of fertiliser, metal and electrical energy in January grew by 2.7 per cent, 2.6 per cent and 5.1 per cent, respectively.

Throughout April-January 2020-21, the sectors’ output declined by 8.8 per cent in opposition to a progress fee of 0.8 per cent in the identical interval of the earlier 12 months.

The eight core industries represent 40.27 per cent of the Index of Industrial Manufacturing.

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