Recent macroeconomic developments in India
In April 2008, industrial sector in India had recorded a growth of 7 percent. However, this figure is lesser than 11 percent development, which had been achieved in April 2007. Much of this critical condition could be attributed to an increase in prices of oil. Measures that have been taken by Reserve Bank of India, like upward revision of repo rate and CRR, have also contributed to decrease in industrial production.
Manufacturing and electric sector have suffered as well in recent times. Their growth rates have come down too. For manufacturing sector it was 7.5 percent and for electricity sector, rate of development stood at 1.4 percent in April 2008. This rate is significantly low when compared to statistics of April 2007, when rates of development for manufacturing and electricity were 12.4 percent and 8.7 percent respectively.
In case of manufacturing sector much of this slump could be attributed to increase in input costs like expenses of oil, raw materials, rates of interest and prices of goods and services. Mining sector has been comparatively better off as it has managed to grow at a rate of 8 percent in April 2008 compared to 2.6 percent that was achieved in April 2007.