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July factory activity contracts on confusion over GST implementation

REUTERS
Published : Aug 1, 2017, 1:34 pm IST
Updated : Aug 1, 2017, 1:38 pm IST

Nikkei/IHS Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 47.9 in July from June's 50.9.

 Introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) weighed heavily on the Indian manufacturing industry in July.
  Introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) weighed heavily on the Indian manufacturing industry in July.

Bengaluru: Indian factory activity plunged last month and had its deepest contraction in more than nine years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new tax policy severely hurt output and demand, a survey showed on Tuesday.

The Nikkei/IHS Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 47.9 in July from June's 50.9, its first reading below the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction since December and its lowest reading since February 2009.

 

A Reuters poll predicted a modest July dip to 50.8. But July brought the biggest month-on-month decline since November 2008, just after the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered a financial crisis and brought on a global recession.

An output sub-index fell to 46.3, its lowest since early 2009, from 51.7 in June, while contractions were reported across all major sub-indexes in the survey, including new orders, purchasing activity and employment.

"The introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) weighed heavily on the Indian manufacturing industry in July," said Pollyanna De Lima, economist at IHS Markit.

"New orders and output decreased for the first time since the demonetisation-related downturn."

 

Tags: factory output, gst implementation, narendra modi, tax policy, manufacturing sector
Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru