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GDP growth may ease to 7.2% in July-September quarter on sluggish economy, says Icra report; data to be out on 30 November

Mumbai: After the strong upswing in April-June quarter, GDP growth for July-September is expected to dip to 7.2 percent due to sluggishness in agriculture and industry, a report said on Tuesday.

It can be noted that the GDP had grown by a higher than expected 8.2 percent in the first quarter of the fiscal as compared to the year-ago period. Official data on quarterly growth will be released at the end of this month.

The dip in the growth number will be largely on account of a pull down from industry where growth is expected to slow down to 7.1 percent in the September quarter as compared to 10.3 percent in June and the farm sector, which may slow down to 3.5 percent from 5.3 percent, domestic rating agency Icra said in a report.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

Higher fuel prices and the weak rupee were pointed out as the primary factors dragging the industrial growth, while an uneven and sub-par monsoon, flooding in some areas amid a late withdrawal of the monsoon rains, and instances of crop damage and pest attacks will impact the farm sector.

Its principal economist Aditi Nayar said pre-tax margins for companies have declined on a quarter-on-quarter basis because of a rise in the input and energy costs and the rupee depreciation.

"Overall, we expect manufacturing GVA (gross value added) growth to ease to 7.0 percent in Q2FY19 from the healthy 13.5 percent expansion in Q1FY19," she said.

The agency said higher commodity prices may support a shallow recovery in GVA growth in mining and quarrying from the marginal 0.1 percent in Q1FY19 to around 2.5 percent in Q2FY19, despite a slowdown in volume growth.

Similarly, electricity, gas, water supply and other utility services and construction activity will also show an upswing due to a variety of sectoral factors, it said.

On agriculture, the agency said the first advance estimates of crop production indicated a decline in kharif output in FY2019 for pulses, coarse cereals, and cotton, and a rise in oilseeds, sugarcane and rice.

The services sector growth is expected to rebound to 7.8 percent for the September quarter from the 7.3 percent in the first quarter, led by a sharp pickup in the expansion in the Centre's non-interest revenue expenditure and a mild rise in growth of bank deposits.


Updated Date: Nov 21, 2018 11:55 AM

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