Nomura says GDP growth may ease to 6% in Oct-Dec quarter citing demonetisation impact

New Delhi: Demonetisation has stymied India's GDP growth and the October-December quarter show is likely to be around 6 percent, while for January-March it could climb down to 5.7 percent, forecasts a Nomura report.

According to the Japanese financial services major, the consumption and services, which were the fastest growing segments pre-demonetisation, were the worst-hit.

However a V shaped recovery is expected from the second half of 2017, it said.



"We expect GDP growth to slow from 7.3 percent year-on-year in July-September 2016 to 6 percent in October-December 2016 and 5.7 percent in January-March 2017," Nomura said in a research note.

Earlier, Nomura had said in a report last November, that demonetisation could slow India's GDP growth to 6.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 against its estimate of 7.3 percent and to 7.5 percent in the first quarter of 2017 from 7.9 percent.

Nomura said, "We expect a V-shaped recovery from second half 2017 due to the release of pent-up demand after remonetisation, wealth redistribution and lower lending rates."

Regarding the Reserve Bank's monetary policy stance, the report said a final 25 bps repo rate cut is likely in February, provided the government consolidates its budget deficit in 2017-18.

"Beyond February, we expect the RBI to stay on hold as we also expect both growth and inflation to rebound sharply in the second half of 2017," it added.

On 7 December, the central bank kept interest rate unchanged despite calls for lowering it and also lowered the economic growth projection by half a percentage point to 7.1 percent in the first policy review post-demonetisation.

The central bank will hold its next monetary policy meet on 8 February.

Updated Date: Jan 25, 2017 13:12 PM

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