India's June infrastructure output contracts 15% y/y

Workers erect scaffolding to build a pillar at the site of the metro railway flyover under construction in Ahmedabad, India, June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s infrastructure output contracted 15% in June from a year earlier, government data released on Friday showed, as a lockdown in response to COVID-19 weighed on economic activities.

Infrastructure output, which comprises eight sectors including coal, crude oil and electricity and accounts for nearly 40% of industrial output, contracted 24.6% in the three months through June - the first quarter of the fiscal year - from a year earlier, the data showed.

Reporting by Manoj Kumar; editing by John Stonestreet