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CAD widens to 2.5% of GDP in Q3 on account of a higher trade deficit

In absolute terms, the CAD was $16.9 billion in the October-December 2018 period, up from $13.7 billion in the year-ago period

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Press Trust of India Mumbai
The country's current account deficit widened to 2.5 per cent of GDP in third quarter of the current fiscal from 2.1 per cent a year ago, primarily on account of a higher trade deficit, the RBI said Friday.

In absolute terms, the CAD, or the gap between inflow and outflow of foreign exchange in the current account, was $16.9 billion in the October-December 2018 period, up from $13.7 billion in the year-ago period.

The deficit, however, had moderated to $19.1 billion or 2.9 per cent of GDP in the preceding quarter (July-September).

"The widening of the CAD (current account deficit)

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First Published: Mar 29 2019 | 6:13 PM IST

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