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Deep in the red: India’s Sep industrial output shrinks 4.3%

“The cumulative growth for the period April-September 2019 over the corresponding period of the previous year stands at 1.3 per cent.”

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New Delhi, Nov 11 : Contraction in manufacturing along with mining activity and subdued demand environment plunged India’s September 2019 factory output deep in the red.

The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) declined (-) 4.3 per cent in September from (-) 1.40 per cent in August 2019.

On a year-on-year basis, the growth rate of factory output during the month under review was lower than the 4.6 per cent during September 2018.

“The Quick Estimates of IIP with base 2011-12 for the month of September 2019 stands at 123.3, which is 4.3 per cent lower as compared to the level in the month of September 2018,” the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation said.

“The cumulative growth for the period April-September 2019 over the corresponding period of the previous year stands at 1.3 per cent.”

As per the data, the output rate of the manufacturing sector contracted by (-) 3.9 per cent in September from a YoY rise of 4.8 per cent.

Similarly, other notable sectors such as mining and electricity saw a decline in production.

According to the data, mining activity declined by 8.5 per cent from a flat growth of 0.1 per cent and the sub-index of electricity generation was lower by (-) 2.6 per cent from 8.2 per cent.

Among the six use-based classification groups, the output of primary goods, which has the highest weightage of 34.04, declined by 5.1 per cent, whereas intermediate goods, which has the second highest weightage, increased by 7 per cent.

The output of consumer non-durables inched down by 0.4 per cent, whereas that of consumer durables fell by (-) 9.9 per cent.

In addition, output of infrastructure or construction goods decreased by (-) 6.4 per cent and that of capital goods fell by (-) 20.7 per cent.

In terms of industries, 17 out of the 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown negative growth during the month under review as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.

“The industry group ‘manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers’ has shown the highest negative growth of (-) 24.8 per cent followed by (-) 23.6 per cent in ‘manufacture of furniture’ and (-) 22 per cent in ‘manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment’,” the ministry said.

“On the other hand, the industry group ‘manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials’ has shown the highest positive growth of 15.5 per cent followed by 9.2 per cent in ‘manufacture of basic metals’.”

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Bharat Bond ETF to open on Dec 12

The immediate CPSE borrowers ETF could be NHAI , Hudco, IRFC , NTPC PGCIL , GAIL, PFC, EXIM Bank and Nabard, said sources.

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New Delhi, Dec 9 : The government’s first debt ETF — Bharat Bond ETF — will be operational as it is set to open on December 12 where several PSUs will raise funds through this instrument.

Bharat Bond ETF’s New Fund Offer has got the nod of market regulator Sebi and will be launched on December 12, sources said.

Sebi has approved the NFO of Bharat Bond ETF and it will be launched on December 12 and investors can invest in the NFO till December 20, sources said.

It may have an offer size of Rs 7,000 crore. Edelweiss Assest Managment will launch the first tranche.

The immediate CPSE borrowers ETF could be NHAI , Hudco, IRFC , NTPC PGCIL , GAIL, PFC, EXIM Bank and Nabard, said sources.

The Union Cabinet cleared the launch of the Bharat Bond ETF on December 4, allowing retail investors to participate.

In Budget 2019, the government had announced plans for debt ETFs of public sector bonds after the success of equity ETFs like CPSE ETF and Bharat-22. The Bharat Bond will have a fixed maturity period and the units will be listed on stock exchanges.

The ETF will include AAA-rated firms to begin with and the unit value will be priced at Rs 1,000.

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Mamata visits Kolkata market, enquire about onion price

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Kolkata, Dec 9 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited a prominent south Kolkata market and quizzed the vegetable seller and stockist about the exorbitant price of onions, now being sold between Rs 130 and Rs 140 a kilogram to retail customers.

Banerjee, who was onway to Kharagpur in West Midnapore district, stopped her convoy and went to Jadu Babu’s Market at Bhowanipore close to her Kaligrhat residence.

She first spoke to a number of retail sellers.

“Didi (‘elder sister’ as Banerjee is affectionately called) asked me at what price I was selling onions. When I said I am selling the bulb around Rs 130 and Rs 140 a kg, she asked me at what price I was buying it. I informed her I was buying it at Rs 120 a kg from the stockist,” said a seller Shila Roy.

Banerjee then asked her to name the stockist.

On knowing his name, Banerjee summoned him and asked him at what price he was selling it to the retailers. After the stockist said he was getting a price of Rs 120 a kilo, the Chief Minister wanted to know why the rate was so high when the state government was selling the vegetable at Rs 59 a kilo.

“Dal me kuch kala hai (something is wrong),” Banerjee said.

She then spoke to other onion sellers in the market.

In the wake of the devastating blaze that took the lives of 43 workers at a bag factory in Delhi, Banerjee instructed the market authorities to ensure that plastic sheets being used atop the stalls be removed.

Sometime after Banerjee left the market, police officers arrived there and started preparing a list of those trading in onions.

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Sensex opens marginally higher, auto stocks gain

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Mumbai: Sensex and Nifty opened marginally higher on Monday. Gains were led by Yes Bank, Zee, Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors.

Auto stocks were trading higher, led by gains in Maruti Suzuki. The auto major increased its production in November by 4.33 per cent, after having reduced output for nine straight months due to lower demand.

At 9.52 a.m., the Sensex was up 2.40 points or 0.01 per cent at 40,447.55. It opened at 40,527.24 from its previous close of 40,445.15.

The Nifty was also trading on a flat note. The broader index was up 8 points or 0.07 per cent at 11,929.50.

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