Photographs: Dharmadhyaksha/Wikimedia Commons Manoj Kumar in New Delhi
India's economy grew a slower-than-expected 4.7 per cent in the three months through December, dragged down by a contraction in manufacturing and mining, the last GDP data released by the government before a general election showed on Friday.
Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast growth of 4.9 per cent.
December's figure was the seventh successive quarter of economic growth below 5 per cent.
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India's GDP disappoints with 4.7% growth in Dec quarter
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Manufacturing contracted an annual 1.9 percent during the quarter compared with 1 per cent growth in the previous quarter, while mining shrunk by 1.6 percent, the data showed.
Annual farm output growth also slowed to 3.6 per cent in October-December period, from 4.6 per cent in the previous quarter.