The data comes as voting gets underway in India's general election. Opinion polls show the ruling Congress party is set to lose office, with poor economic growth and persistent high inflation important factors in voter discontent.
The Reuters poll found consumer price and wholesale price measures of inflation are expected to rise, but not by enough to prompt a policy response from the Reserve Bank of India.
Industrial output was forecast to have expanded 0.9 per cent in February from a year earlier, driven mainly by core industries responding to improved consumer demand.
If the forecast is realised, it would be the strongest growth since September. Output edged up an annual 0.1 per cent in January, and fell in each of the previous three months. The government will release the output data on Friday.
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