Demonetisation severely hurt output and demand in December: Survey

Factory activity plunged into contraction last month as a cash crunch following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's currency crackdown severely hurt output and demand, a survey found on Monday. The Nikkei/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 49.

6 in December from November's 52.3, its first reading below the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction since December 2015. It was also the biggest month-on-month decline since November 2008, just after the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered a financial.....

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