New Delhi: Core infrastructure industries grew by 9.4% in January against 2.2% in the year-ago period. Six key sectors—crude, petroleum refinery products, coal, electricity, cement and finished steel—showed a growth of 5.4% in April-January 2009-10 against 3% in the same period last year.
Finished steel and cement expanded by 16.2% and 12.4%, respectively in January, against 3.2% and 8.3% last year. Crude oil output, too, registered a significant growth of 9.7% in the month under review after contracting by 8.1% in January last year.
However, coal production grew by 6%, a tad lower than 6.7% registered in January.