Indian cement growth falters in April and May

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India: A reduction in government spending and delays to the release of state funds ahead of India’s general election led to a slowdown in Indian cement demand growth in April and May 2019. Growth in cement consumption is expected to fall to a seven quarter low in the quarter to 30 June 2019.

“Pan-India cement demand will post muted 3-5% growth in the current quarter (the first quarter of the 2020 Fiscal Year), with states in the East (Bihar, Odisha) and South (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Tamil Nadu) moving at a snail's pace of 2-4%," said Hetal Gandhi, director at Crisil Research. However, Crisil expects demand to pick up in the second half of the 2020 fiscal year, with growth 6.0-7.5% for the 12 months to 31 March 2020 as a whole.

Last modified on 09 August 2019

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