GDP growth at 7.2% in December quarter: Economy at revival threshold, says corporate India

New Delhi: Cheering the five-quarter high 7.2 percent GDP growth in the October-December period, India Inc on Wednesday said the economy is on the cusp of a sustained rebound and expressed hope that it will gather a good pace in the next fiscal beginning April.

The country's economy is expected to grow at 6.6 percent in the current fiscal ending 31 March, as per the second advanced estimates of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), compared to 7.1 percent in 2016-17. The earlier estimate was 6.5 percent.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

“The significant improvement in GDP growth, which has accelerated to a robust 7.2 percent in the third quarter as against 6.5 percent in the previous quarter is noteworthy and strengthens the perception that the Indian economy is at the threshold of a sustained rebound in growth," CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said.

Assocham said the third quarter GDP numbers paint a "pretty good macro picture" for Indian economy.

“The 7.2 percent growth in GDP for Q3 also highlights an improvement in investment, manufacturing and construction thereby giving hope for a good pace of economic growth in the next fiscal, as the stage is now set in 2017-18.

“However, the gross value addition (GVA), which is net of taxes, is not as good as GDP, underscoring the fact much more needs to be done in terms of sustainable growth," Assocham Secretary General DS Rawat said.

PHD Chamber of Commerce President Anil Khaitan said the GDP growth at 7.2 percent in Q3 of 2017-18 is inspiring and strong signs of economic revival are visible.

The growth for the second quarter (July-September) has been revised upwards to 6.5 percent, from 6.3 percent estimated earlier by the CSO.

The previous high was recorded at 7.5 percent in the July-September quarter of 2016-17.

Published Date: Mar 01, 2018 12:45 PM | Updated Date: Mar 01, 2018 12:45 PM

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