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GDP likely to expand by 7.4% in current fiscal and 7.1% in Apr-Jun quarter, says FICCI survey

New Delhi:t The Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.4 percent in the current fiscal, higher than the previous year, said a Ficci survey released on Tuesday.

Rising oil prices however are putting pressure on the current account, while global uncertainties around trade and financial markets carry serious risks for the rupee, according to the economists who participated in the Ficci's Economic Outlook Survey.

Also, trade tensions between major economies is disturbing the global recovery, it said.

The survey forecasts an annual median GDP growth at 7.4 percent for 2018-19, with a minimum and maximum range of 7.1 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively.

 GDP likely to expand by 7.4% in current fiscal and 7.1% in Apr-Jun quarter, says FICCI survey

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"The projection is in line with the estimates put out by the Reserve Bank earlier this month," it said.

The expansion in the GDP was 6.7 percent (provisional) in 2017-18.

On the growth in the first quarter of the current fiscal, the survey said the expansion in the economic activity would be 7.1 percent.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is scheduled to release the first quarter GDP number on 31 August.

On rupee, the industry chamber said the economists universally believe that the Indian currency will remain under strain.

"Majority of economists believed that the fair value of Indian Rupee vis--vis the US Dollar would be in the range of 65 to 66," the survey said.

The study further said the median growth forecast for agriculture and allied activities has been put at 3 percent for 2018-19.

Although there has been some slippage in the monsoons during June and July, updated forecast for August and September indicate a pick-up in rainfall.

Further, industry and services sector are expected to grow by 6.9 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively in 2018-19.

Ficci said the outlook of the economists on inflation seems benign. The Consumer Price Index or retail inflation has been forecast at 4.8 percent for the year as whole.

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Updated Date: Aug 14, 2018 18:04:23 IST