India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth missed expectations in the quarter to June slowing to a four-year low, adding to the country's economic problems amid an unprecedented free-fall in the rupee.
Official figures released on Friday revealed that India's GDP expanded by 4.4 percent year-on-year between April and June, falling short of analyst forecasts of 4.7 percent growth.
It marked the slowest growth since the January-March quarter of 2009, and was driven by a contraction in the country's mining and manufacturing sectors.
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Growth also slowed on the previous quarter – when GDP came in at 4.8 percent - and was less than last year's expansion rate of 5 percent, which was the slowest pace in a decade.
Manufacturing fell by 1.2 percent year-on-year in the June quarter, while mining slipped by 2.8 percent. Farming and construction output, however, both expanded, by 2.7 percent and 2. 8 percent respectively.
Earlier this week, BNP Paribas slashed its India growth forecast for fiscal 2014 to just 3.7 percent, from 5.2 percent previously. The bank cited fears that the economy was "entering a tail spin" as business confidence collapses under the weight of rapid rupee depreciation, rising energy costs, sharply tightening financial conditions and policy confusion.
The Indian rupee posted its biggest monthly fall in at least 18 years in August, but gained for a second straight session on Friday, eased by aggressive central bank intervention.