Manufacturing sector growth may slow down in Apr-June 2010

Chemical and allied products, which have a significant share in the overall manufacturing sector, are likely to pull down the growth in the first quarter of the current fiscal.
"While manufacturing is expected to witness over 15 per cent growth in the quarter January-March 2010...the growth is likely to be in the range of 11-12 per cent in April-June 2010," it said.

Over 80 per cent of the 468 respondents in the FICCI survey said the sharp increase in raw material prices like cement, textiles, leather, metal, tyres and capital goods will impact the growth in the short term.

Besides rising raw material prices, scarcity of power and labour laws would be factors that may hamper the sector's growth, it said.Also, about 50 per cent of the respondents expect exports to be lower or same in April-June 2010 quarter over the same period last year.
However, sectors that would contribute significantly to the manufacturing growth in April-June are automotive, FMCG, electronics and consumer durables, metals and forging.
In a separate survey, CII too said that rising cost of raw material, infrastructural bottelnecks, higher interest rates, inadequate availability of credit and cheap Chinese imports are some of the major concerns for the growth of the manufacturing sector.

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