(Bloomberg) -- India’s factory output contracted for the first time in more than two years in August, as a sharp fall in capital goods and consumer durables production weighed on activity.

The index of industrial production fell 1.1% in August, data released by the Ministry of Statistics showed Friday. That compares with an estimate for a 1.7% expansion.

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  • The decline, last seen in June 2017, underscores worsening demand in an economy expanding at the slowest pace in six years
  • Capital goods output dropped 21% from a year ago, while consumer durables fell 9.1%
  • The data comes days after the central bank cut interest rates for a fifth time this year to spur growth. The Reserve Bank of India also lowered the country’s full-year growth forecast to 6.1% from 6.9% previously

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  • Infrastructure and construction goods output fell 4.5%
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--With assistance from Karthikeyan Sundaram.

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