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How will Indian economy do in 2019? 'Animal spirits' hint to a tame start

With exports continuing to trail imports, India's trade deficit widened in January from a month ago

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Anirban Nag | Bloomberg
India’s economy started the New Year still hungover from the sluggish showing in end-2018, stoking expectations for more monetary stimulus from the central bank.

A set of indicators tracked by Bloomberg to measure “animal spirits” -- a term coined by British economist John Maynard Keynes to refer to investors’ confidence in taking action -- showed weaker indicators outnumber stronger ones 4-3 in January. A pullback in exports and business activity weighed on sentiment.

While India’s inflation-targeting central bank cut interest rates earlier this month to prop up economic growth, Governor Shaktikanta Das kept the door open for more when he

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First Published: Feb 28 2019 | 8:58 AM IST

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