IMF ups India's growth estimate to 4.6%, sees global growth at 3.7%

India is likely to clock an economic growth rate of 4.6 percent this financial year and the expansion may improve to 5.4 percent in 2014-15, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

"Growth in India picked up after a favourable monsoon season and a higher export growth and is expected to firm further on strong structural policies supporting investment," IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update.

 IMF ups Indias growth estimate to 4.6%, sees global growth at 3.7%

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The growth rate in 2015-16, at factor prices (excluding taxes), is likely to be 6.4 percent, it added.

At market prices (basic prices plus taxes but less subsidies), India's growth rate in 2013-14 is likely to be 4.4 percent, IMF said. Its earlier estimate in October was 3.8 percent.

For the next two fiscals, IMF projected a growth rate of 5.4 and 6.4 percent respectively.

India's economy slowed to a decade low of 5 percent in the last fiscal due to global slowdown and domestic factors, like high interest rates.

Growth rate during April-September of 2013-14 slipped to 4.6 percent from 5.3 percent in the same period last fiscal.

The report also said global activity strengthened during the second half of 2013 and is expected to improve further in 2014-15, largely on account of recovery in the advanced economies.

"Global growth is now projected to be slightly higher in 2014, at around 3.7 percent, rising to 3.9 percent in 2015...," the report said.

PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 21, 2014 02:58:11 IST


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