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Barclays forecasts India's GDP growth at 6.6% in December quater

Foreign brokerage Barclays said the Indian economy is likely to have expanded by 6.6 per cent in the December quarter.

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Forecasting a lower-than-previously projected 10 per cent GDP growth for the fiscal year 2022 due to the third wave of the pandemic, foreign brokerage Barclays said the Indian economy is likely to have expanded by 6.6 per cent in the December quarter.
The economy had a relatively stable Q3 with several sectors returning to pre-pandemic level of activity, with services playing a bigger role in activity, the report said, adding that with the mild Omicron wave in January, there is clear downside risks to the earlier growth forecast of 10 per cent in FY22.
In the July-September quarter, the Indian economy had clocked a growth of 8.4 per cent.
The National Statistical Office (NSO) will declare the GDP estimates for Q3 FY 2021-22 on February 28.
As high base effects kick in, and activity consolidates, growth rate is likely to slow down from 8.4 per cent in Q2 to 6.6 per cent in Q3, it said, adding there scope for a steady farm sector growth, even though there are clear signs of weakness in rural consumption.
According to the report, the country's economic growth was driven more by services, rather than manufacturing. Growth has been slower in mining, construction and manufacturing, partly on account of supply-chain disruptions, especially for the auto sector, it said.
While supply shortages and the high-base effect weigh on manufacturing, services output can grow at a faster clip. One clear sign of recovery is the resilient fuel demand, and trade volumes hitting new record highs.
Moreover, there is also a clear jump in mobility levels, as tourism activity, air traffic, railway freight, and mobility data all show a return to near pre-pandemic trends.
Credit growth has also continued to pick up, and corporate profitability remains strong.
Though Omicron infections did not impact the recovery materially, economic recovery is likely to hit a minor speed bump in Q4 as surge in infection caseloads forced a small reduction in mobility levels.
"Given the quick containment of infections and fast removal of movement restrictions, we see the impact on activity being mild, especially compared to the first two waves," the report said, adding contact-intensive services, trade, and those hit by supply-chain disruptions could see some moderation in output.

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First Published: Feb 22 2022 | 4:49 PM IST

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