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India' GDP growth likely at 8.5% in first quarter: Icra

India's economic growth expected to accelerate to 8.5% in Q1 FY24, driven by a recovery in the services sector.

In the first quarter, unseasonal heavy rains, lagged effect of the monetary tightening and weak external demand exerted a downward pressure on GDP growth, she said. (Mint)Premium
In the first quarter, unseasonal heavy rains, lagged effect of the monetary tightening and weak external demand exerted a downward pressure on GDP growth, she said. (Mint)

Icra Ratings which released a report on Tuesday said that India's economic growth will accelerate to 8.5% in the April-June period of the current fiscal from the 6.1% growth rate witnessed in the preceding January-March quarter. Icra attributed the faster growth to a supportive base and also a recovery in the services sector.

Though its estimate is higher than the RBI's forecast of 8.1%, Icra's chief economist Aditi Nayar said the second half of the fiscal is likely to witness headwinds, which will prove a dampener.

Nayar said erratic rainfall, narrowing differentials with year-ago commodity prices, and possible slowdown in momentum of government capex "as we approach the Parliamentary elections will limit the growth", and maintained her 6 per cent real GDP growth estimate for FY24 which is lower than RBI's 6.5 per cent.

In the first quarter, unseasonal heavy rains, lagged effect of the monetary tightening and weak external demand exerted a downward pressure on GDP growth, she said.

Factors like a continued catch-up in services demand and improved investment activity, particularly a welcome front-loading in government capital expenditure, and sharply lower prices of various commodities which expanded margins in some sectors boosted growth in the June quarter, she said.

The agency projected that the gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) expansion in Q1 FY24 to be in double digits, based on the robust year on year growth performance of a majority of the investment-related indicators.

The aggregate capital outlay and net lending of 23 state governments (except Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya), and the government of India's gross capital expenditure expanded by a sharp 76 per cent to 1.2 lakh crore, and 59.1 per cent to 2.8 lakh crore, respectively, in Q1 FY24, it added.

Capex-related external commercial borrowings for the purpose of modernisation, new projects, and local purchase and imports of capital goods jumped to USD 13.0 billion in Q1, exceeding the full-year FY23 levels of USD 9.6 billion, it said.

It estimated that the services' gross value added growth to have risen to 9.7 per cent in Q1 FY24 from 6.9 per cent in Q4 FY23, adding that 11 of the 14 high-frequency indicators pertaining to the services sector recorded a growth during the quarter.

Growth in electricity generation dipped to an 11-quarter low of 1.3 per cent in Q1 FY24, owing to an unfavourable base as well as the excess rainfall seen in the first half of the quarter, Icra said.

*With agency inputs

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Published: 22 Aug 2023, 04:14 PM IST
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