Indian industrial production falls 1.8 per cent in latest bad sign for stop-and-start economy

MUMBAI, India – India says its industrial output fell by 1.8 per cent in October compared to the previous year. The unexpectedly weak results are a blow to hopes for an early recovery in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Sharp drops of 2 per cent in manufacturing and 3.5 per cent in mining contributed to the fall in output released Thursday. The electricity sector grew by 1.3 per cent.

Thursday’s report followed a 2 per cent rise in production in September which had raised hopes the economy might have bottomed out and begun to climb.

India’s economy surged by an average of 8 per cent for nearly a decade but growth has slowed to less than 5 per cent in the past year.