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Rebound in IIP signals turn in investment cycle: India Inc

By Religare

Cheering the rebound in industrial production which grew at nine-month high of 5 per cent in February, India Inc said the upswing points to the industrial recovery firmly taking root and an impending turnaround in the investment cycle, reported PTI.

"What is heartening to note is that the capital goods sector, which is a guage for investment demand, has shown an improved performance indicating that investment activity is gradually gaining traction due to improved sentiment and a gradual pick up in new business and foreign orders," said CII President, Sumit Mazumder.


Significant uptick in IIP at 5 per cent growth is encouraging and indicates a visible improvement in the business environment, PHD Chamber President Alok Shriram said.

Rebound in the growth of capital goods during the recent months is indicative of a positive turn in the investments cycle, said Shriram.

The effective implementation of the policy environment will not only improve the growth and competitiveness of the industrial sector, but also push economic growth on high road, he added.

Assocham President Rana Kapoor termed the IIP numbers for February as "encouraging".

"The recovery seems to have stemmed from a rebound in growth seen in the capital goods production, though, the slow growth of the intermediate goods despite the growth in the capital goods production indicates that revival story is not fully complete," Kapoor said.

"It is important that to sustain this growth interest rates are brought down further for stimulating investments and demand and more steps are taken to improve our business regulatory environment," said Ficci Secretary General Didar Singh.

Manufacturing output, which constitutes over 75 per cent to the index, grew by 5.2 per cent in February compared to a contraction of 3.9 per cent in the same month year ago.

Story first published: Monday, April 13, 2015, 13:10 [IST]
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