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Inflation may trend higher as IIP, CPI expected to go up: Morgan Stanley

India's retail inflation had swelled to 5-month high of 3.36 per cent in August on costlier vegetables and fruits

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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India's industrial growth and inflation may trend up as key metrics such as IIP, and are expected to come in higher, driven by a waning impact and higher commodity rates, says a Morgan Stanley report.

According to the global financial services major, August industrial production (IIP) may improve as GST-related impact would wane. Moreover, export growth is expected to stay strong in September.


Morgan Stanley expects inflation to rise further to 3.8 per cent, inching closer to RBI's inflation target of 4 per cent, while inflation may inch up to 3.4 per cent in September from 3.2 per cent in August, largely driven by higher oil prices.

According to official data, India's retail inflation had swelled to 5-month high of 3.36 per cent in August on costlier vegetables and fruits.

Following the uptrend in inflation, Morgan Stanley said "rising inflation trajectory will mean that the central bank will keep rates on hold".

in its policy review meet on October 4, kept benchmark interest rate unchanged on fears of rising inflation while lowering growth forecast to 6.7 per cent for the current fiscal.

Regarding IIP, the report said the index is expected to rise to 1.7 per cent in August, supported by a favourable base. Besides, indicators like core industries' production, passenger vehicle production and steel demand remained supportive through August, suggesting that improved during the month.

"Looking ahead, we do expect that the economy should now have a clear runway for growth with both consumption and exports picking up," the report said.

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 14:11 IST
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