India's GDP Growth Slows to 6.9%

The Indian economy expanded at its slowest pace in more than two years in the July-September quarter, hurt by high local borrowing costs and a deepening euro-zone crisis. 11/30/2011 10:49:12 AM

Gross domestic product grew 6.9% from a year earlier, the government said Wednesday. The economy had expanded 7.8% in the January-March quarter.

The mining sector contracted 2.9 percent year-on-year, following 1.8 percent growth in the preceding quarter. The growth in manufacturing output eased sharply to 2.7 percent from 7.2 percent in the previous three months.

Farm output rose 3.2 percent for the same period, down from the previous quarter's 3.9 per cent growth. Economic activities relating to electricity, gas and water supply increased 9.8 percent, while the construction sector grew at an improved rate of 4.3 percent.

Investment climbed 30.5 percent from a year earlier, while consumer spending grew at a weaker pace of 59.5 percent. Government spending rose 10.7 percent, almost steady compared to the prior quarter.

Aggressive rate increases by the Reserve Bank of India over the past 20 months to cool inflation have crimped industrial expansion, adding to pressure from a gloomy global economy that has hurt demand for exports.

The slow pace of economic reform and a series of graft charges against the government have further soured investor sentiment, affecting foreign investment.