Headline Index of Industrial Production fell by 1.9% in Feb 2014, the biggest percentage drop since May 2013.
At the component level, the culprit was manufacturing which has shown dismal results recently and this time, fell by 3.7% which is the worst it has been since October 2011 (2 years and 4 months earlier ).
And if you want to look at the use based indexes, the data shows that:
- Basic goods picked up a bit (+4%)
- Capital goods fell a LOT (-17%)
- Consumer durables was nearly -10%
- Consumer non-durables was at -1.2%, lowest since November 2010
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Luckily this might be revised upwards. The January IIP figure, which was at 0.11%, was revised up to +0.77%.
Sector wise, the biggest falls are seen in Communication (-34%), Electrical Machinery (-25%) and Garments (-21%).
While markets continue to be on a high, the point remains that growth in manufacturing sucks. A key issue is consumer non-durables - like the FMCG sector, which usually sees great growth in inflationary times. Garments, too, is a surprising addition - apparel has been one of the strongest drivers of IIP in the last six months.
Is that period now over? The data on IIP tell us they’re producing less - will this mean their sales drop too? Let’s wait for results to tell us more.