India Industrial production April 2020


India: Industrial activity contracts at sharpest pace on record in April

June 12, 2020

Industrial output fell 55.5% in year-on-year terms in April, which was a larger contraction than March's 18.3% decrease. April's figure marked the worst reading on record and was largely due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which put India into a national lockdown from late March, and which remained largely in place throughout April. Specifically, the reading for April was driven by a decline across all three industrial output sub-sectors: the manufacturing, electricity and mining sub-sectors.

Meanwhile, the trend pointed down, with the annual average variation of industrial production coming in at minus 5.5% in April, down from March's minus 0.6% reading.

FocusEconomics panelists expect industrial production to decrease 2.2% in FY 2020, which is down 1.8 percentage points from last month’s projection. In FY 2021, the panel expects industrial output to expand 5.9%.

Author:, Economist

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Note: Year-on-year and annual average variation of industrial production index in %.
Source: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) and FocusEconomics calculations.

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