Indian textile output rose 0.3 per cent in April and May of this year mainly due to a 10 per cent jump in man-made filament yarn to 177 million kilograms from the year-ago period, official figures revealed on Tuesday.

New data showed production of cotton yarn and blended and 100 per cent non-cotton yarn both fell in the 8-week period, but cloth output rose nine per cent to 5732 million metres.

Industry chiefs said that rise was due to greater powerloom output which resulted in a 16 per cent fall in handloom output to 1074 million metres. Mill production slipped two per cent to 250 million metres from 257 million metres in 2001.