Economy

UBS sees sharp dip in GDP print in H2

PTI Mumbai | Updated on November 13, 2018 Published on November 13, 2018

Swiss brokerage UBS cut the country’s growth estimate to 7.3 per ent from the earlier 7.5 percent, citing a likely deceleration in the second half of the fiscal due to global headwinds and the rising oil prices.

 The lower forecast follows similar moves by other analysts, including those at the global rating agency Moody’s, which also expects GDP growth to come at 7.3 per cent.

 However, in the last monetary policy review in October, the RBI had stuck to its 7.4 per cent forecast. UBS said the real GDP growth will slow down sharply to 6.7-7 per cent in the second half from 8.2 per cent in the June quarter, bringing the full-year growth lower to 7.3 per cent.

 “Headwinds, including tighter financial conditions, high oil prices, slowing global growth and a still muted private corporate capex recovery are weighing on the growth momentum,” it explained in a note on Monday.

 The ongoing liquidity crunch led being faced by shadow banks can result in slowdown in discretionary consumption, derailing the overall growth momentum over the next few quarters, it warned.

 A dip in government capital expenditure given the budget constraints and delay in investment decisions due to political uncertainties ahead of the national elections, will also lead to moderation in the “benign” recovery in fixed capex growth seen over the past few months, it said. It said growth will recover marginally to 7.3-7.4 per cent in fiscal 2020 or the one thereafter and added that it is 0.20 percent below consensus on it.

 “The political outcome of the 2019 general elections will be a key event to watch out for both for a change in regime and policy focus of the new government,” it said.

 Current account deficit is estimated to narrow to 2.4 -2.5 per cent of GDP in FY20 from 2.8 percent estimate in FY19, it said. The level of the rupee, which is majorly influenced by the CAD, will be at 76 against the dollar by March 2019 and 77 in March 2020, it said.

Published on November 13, 2018
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