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Slowdown in industrial growth responsible for decline in GDP growth: Mukherjee

New Delhi , Tue, 07 Feb 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Feb 7 (ANI): Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that the main reason for decline in GDP growth is a slowdown in industrial growth, and in particular in investment growth.


Mukherjee, who was reacting to the figures of advance estimates of GDP for the year 2011-12 which were released here today by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), said that the negative growth in mining sector along with slowdown in construction sector has also contributed to the decline in GDP growth.


"Though figures of advance estimates for GDP for the current fiscal somewhat look disappointing by our recent growth experience, yet considering the current global context and the slowdown in the domestic industrial sector in particular, the growth performance is not all that surprising," he said.


Mukherjee further said that there have been some encouraging signs in the recent weeks on business sentiments, Rupee exchange rate, moderation in headline inflation, possibility of a bumper Rabi crop, and continued strong performance of the service sector, which should help in recovering the growth momentum.


The Finance Minister said that he anticipates an upward revision in the GDP growth numbers when the full data for year 2011-12 becomes available.


The Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) earlier released the Advance estimates of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and related aggregates.


The growth in GDP at factor cost during 2011-12, at 2004-05 prices, is estimated at 6.9 per cent as compared to the growth rate of 8.4 per cent in 2010-11.


At constant prices, the GDP is estimated at Rs. 5,222,027 crore and in nominal terms at Rs 8,279,976 crore.


In terms of sectoral break-up, the GDP growth is estimated at 2.5 per cent in agriculture, forestry and fishing sector, 3.9 percent in manufacturing and 9.4 percent in services sector. (ANI)


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