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S&P retains GDP forecast at (-) 9% for FY21
Rating agency says it will wait for more signs that Covid infections have stabilised or fallen
New Delhi : S&P Global Ratings on Monday retained its forecast of 9 per cent contraction in the Indian economy for the current fiscal, saying even though there are now upside risks to growth but it will wait for more signs that Covid infections have stabilised or fallen.
S&P, in its report on Asia Pacific, projected the Indian economy to grow at 10 per cent in the next fiscal. "We retain our growth forecast of negative 9 per cent in fiscal 2020-2021 and 10 per cent in fiscal 2021-2022. While there are now upside risks to growth due to a faster recovery in population mobility and household spending, the pandemic is not fully under control.
"We will wait for more signs that infections have stabilised or fallen, together with high-frequency activity data for the fiscal year third quarter, before changing our forecasts," S&P said.
According to the official data released last week, Indian economy recovered faster than expected in the September quarter as a pick-up in manufacturing helped GDP clock a lower contraction of 7.5 per cent. Indian economy had contracted 23.9 per cent in April-June. The RBI in October projected India's economy to contract by 9.5 per cent this fiscal.
It said the industrial sector is leading and the output is now above levels from a year ago, helped by rising demand for consumer goods. Investment recovered faster than consumption in the second quarter, partly due to resumption of stalled projects.
The private sector drove the recovery as spending resumed and households and firms moved more toward normalised activity. S&P said inflation should ease from recent highs, albeit gradually.