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February infrastructure output down 2.5 percent

by FP Staff  Apr 2, 2013 05:15 IST

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's infrastructure sector output slumped 2.5 percent in February from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, in a sign Asia's third largest economy has yet to escape from the worst slowdown in a decade.

Infrastructure output for eight sectors -- coal, crude oil, oil refinery, natural gas, steel, cement, electricity and fertilisers -- grew at an annual 2.6 percent in the April-February period compared with 5.2 percent a year earlier.

The infrastructure sector accounts for 37.9 percent of India's industrial output.

(Reporting by Matthias Williams; Writing by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)