New Delhi: Buoyed by performance of mining, manufacturing and services sector, Indian economy has bounced back to record a growth rate of 5.7 percent for the April- June quarter, highest in the past two-and-half years.
India's Gross Domestic Product had expanded by 4.7 percent April-June quarter of the last fiscal ended March 31.
According to data released here today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), manufacturing sector recorded a growth of 3.5 percent in the first quarter of 2014-15 as against a contraction of 1.2 percent in Q1, 2013-14.
The mining sector too grew by 2.1 percent in April-June quarter compared a decline in production by 3.9 percent the year-ago period.
The highest growth rate during Q1, 2014-15 was recorded by financial services sector at 10.4 percent, followed by electricity gas and water supply at 10.2 percent.
The previous high of GDP growth rate was recorded at 6 percent in the October-December quarter of 2011-12. The economic growth in preceding quarter (January-March) was 4.6 percent.
The construction sector expanded 4.8 percent in first quarter of this fiscal as against 1.1 percent growth in the year-ago period.
Growth in the trade, hotels, transport and communications segment also inched up to 2.8 percent in the first quarter from 1.6 percent in the same period of 2013-14.
As regard the farm sector which includes agriculture forestry and fishing recorded at deceleration in growth at 3.8 percent in first quarter compared to 4 percent a year ago.
Gross Fixed Capital Formation, a barometer of investment at current prices is estimated at Rs 8.14 lakh crore for Q1, as against Rs 7.32 lakh crore a year ago.
At constant (2004-2005) prices, the GFCF is estimated at Rs 4.96 lakh crore in Q1 as against Rs 4.63 lakh crore.
The production of coarse cereals and pulses registered growth rates of 11.2 percent and 6.2 percent during Rabi season of agriculture year 2013-14 (ended June). Rice and wheat also registered a growth of 15 percent and 2.6 percent over the production in the corresponding season of previous agriculture year, the press release said.
Among the commercial crops, production of oilseeds increased by 3 percent.
According to the Index of Industrial Production, mining, manufacturing and electricity, registered growth rates of 3.2 percent, 3.1 percent and 11.3 percent respectively during Q1, 2014-15. The three segments had logged the growth rates of (-)4.6 percent, (-)1.1 percent and 3.5 percent during the same period of 2013-14.
Among the services sectors, the key indicators of railways, namely, the net tonne kilometres and passenger kilometres have shown growth rate of 3.3 percent and 5.5 percent respectively during first quarter of the current fiscal.
In case of other transport sectors, passengers handled by the civil aviation, cargo handled by the civil aviation and cargo handled at major ports registered growth rates of 7.5 percent and 6.2 percent and 4.3 percent respectively, while the sales of commercial vehicles registered the decline of 16.1 percent during first quarter over Q1 of 2013-14.
Aggregate bank deposits and credits have shown growth rates of 12.4 percent and 13.3 percent respectively as on June 2014, as against growth of 13.5 percent and 13.5 percent respectively as on June 2013.
The Private Final Consumption Expenditure (PFCE) at current prices is estimated at Rs 16.71 lakh crore in Q1 as against Rs 14.92 lakh crore same quarter last year.
At constant (2004-05) prices, the PFCE is estimated at Rs 9.35 lakh crore in Q1 as against Rs 8.85 lakh crore in same period a year ago.
Government Final Consumption Expenditure (GFCE) at current prices is estimated at Rs 3.81 lakh crore in Q1 as against Rs 3.29 lakh crore in same quarter last fiscal.
At constant (2004-2005) prices, the GFCE is estimated at Rs 1.87 lakh crore in Q1 as against Rs 1.72 lakh crore same priod of 2013-14.
First Published: Friday, August 29, 2014, 18:58