The Indian economy seems to be caught in a stubborn downward spiral despite a raft of measures, including a deep cut in corporate tax, taken by the government to boost growth. The latest set of numbers point to a worsening situation.India's industrial output contracted 4.3 percent month-on-month (MoM) in September, the second consecutive monthly fall, data released by the government on November 11 showed. Industrial output in August had seen a contraction of 1.1 percent.With 4.3 percent contraction, industrial growth print was at its worst since the present series was launched in April 2012.Close Industrial output, or factory output, is the closest approximation for measuring economic activity in the country's business landscape. related news Macro Matters | September IIP nosedives in spite of heroic effort by mild steel slab producers MMTC floats tenders for import of 4,000 tonnes of onion MC Special podcast | Market is back in form, but here's why investors shouldn't … [Read more...] about IIP numbers add to worry; what next for economy
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