New Delhi: India’s exports and foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows have been hurt by the global slowdown, the finance minister told lawmakers on Thursday.

A file photo of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.

He, however, said recent readings of food inflation was encouraging, citing the latest weekly food inflation rate, which fell for a fifth straight week.

Food inflation sharply eased to 6.60% in the year to 26 November, to its lowest in nearly three-and-a-half years, government data on Thursday showed, from an annual 8% in the previous week.

India’s October exports growth slowed to 10.8% to $19.9 billion, from high double-digit growth in the early months of the current fiscal year that ends in March 2012.

Mukherjee also said the general economic situation was not encouraging and the country cannot remain isolated from the euro zone sovereign debt crisis.

India received foreign direct investment worth $25.8 billion between April and September compared with $11 billion in the corresponding period a year ago, he said.

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