DBS revises India GDP forecast for FY20 down to 6.8% citing headwinds for exports

DBS Bank has revised India's GDP growth for the fiscal year 2020 downwards to 6.8 percent year-on-year (YoY) from 7 percent projected earlier, citing headwinds for exports amidst challenging trade outlook

Press Trust of India June 20, 2019 12:19:10 IST
DBS revises India GDP forecast for FY20 down to 6.8% citing headwinds for exports
  • 'We revise down our real GDP forecast for FY20 to 6.8 percent YoY versus 7 percent earlier,' the DBS Bank said

  • The Reserve Bank of India's policy stance was changed from neutral to accommodative, opening the door to further easing, wrote Radhika Rao, Economist at DBS Group Research, pointing out the 75 bps repo rate cut so far this year

Singapore: DBS Bank has revised India's GDP growth for the fiscal year 2020 downwards to 6.8 percent year-on-year (YoY) from 7 percent projected earlier, citing headwinds for exports amidst challenging trade outlook.

“Growth headwinds swiftly turn attention to the likely policy response. We expect monetary policy to do much of the heavy lifting, given limited fiscal leeway,” the bank in its report on the Indian economy on Thursday.

The Reserve Bank of India's policy stance was changed from neutral to accommodative, opening the door to further easing, wrote Radhika Rao, Economist at DBS Group Research, pointing out the 75 bps repo rate cut so far this year.

DBS revises India GDP forecast for FY20 down to 68 citing headwinds for exports

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“We revise down our real GDP forecast for FY20 to 6.8 percent YoY versus 7 percent earlier,” the bank said.

“A negative output gap will keep demand-side inflationary risks in check, with core inflation catching down with headline consumer price inflation (core at 4.2 percent in May versus 6 percent average in October-December 2018).

“We expect inflation to remain sub-target this year (3.8 percent YoY versus 3.4 percent in FY19)... In the face of slowing growth and sub-target inflation, the need to hanker over a wide real rate buffer has reduced,” said Rao.

Global cues have also played into the RBI's hands; easing US yields, a dovish US Fed and cautious European Central Bank (ECB), lower the hurdle for the Asian central banks, including India, to embark on further easing, believes the DBS Economist.

Oil prices have moderated from recent highs. Notably, the current bout of softening global yields is different from the last in 2012-2013, with regards to how India is placed.

Back then, the rupee was under pressure, and inflation was in double-digits, making it a challenge for the central bank to loosen policy levers, Rao pointed out.

“This time around, the rupee is only marginally weaker on the year, while inflation is well below target. Given this mix, we factor in another 50 bps worth cuts in FY20, with the Repo rate to plateau at 5.25 percent,” said Rao.

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