India's growth in six core-infrastructure industries for February this year slowed down to 2.2% from 7.0% for the same month last year, due to poor performance by all sectors, except crude oil.

During April-February 2008-09, six core-infrastructure industries registered a growth of 3.0%, down from 5.8% during the corresponding period of the preceding year.

Displaying poor performance, crude oil production registered a negative growth of 6.2% in February, compared to a positive growth of 2.3% in February last year, while Petroleum Refinery Products registered a growth of 0.5%, compared to 5.8% for the same month a year ago.

In February, the growth rate in coal production and electricity generation was 6.0% and 0.3% respectively, compared to 11.6% and 9.8% in the same month in the preceding year.

Cement production for the reported month grew 8.3%, down from 12.8% in February last year, whereas finished (carbon) steel registered a growth of 3.6%, up from 2.3% in February last year.

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