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Core sector output contracts by record 38.% in April

May 29, 2020 18:00 IST

The output of eight core infrastructure industries shrank by a record 38.1% in April due to the coronavirus-led lockdown, according to the official data. The eight core sectors had expanded by 5.2% in April 2019. In March this year, the production of eight sectors had contracted by 9%.

Industries including coal, cement, steel, natural gas, refinery, crude oil etc experienced a substantial loss of production due to the nationwide lockdown, the commerce ministry said in a statement.

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