Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Moody’s raises India’s economic 2024 growth forecast to 6.8%

‘India to remain fastest-growing among G-20 economies’


NEW DELHI: Global rating agency Moody’s on Monday raised India’s growth forecast for 2024 calendar year to 6.8 per cent on “stronger-thanexpect­ed” economic data.

In its Global Macroecono­mic Outlook for 2024, Moody’s Investors Service said with global headwinds fading, the Indian economy should be able to register 6-7 per cent real GDP growth comfortabl­y. For 2025, the GDP growth is estimated at 6.4 per cent. Moody’s had projected a 6.1 per cent growth for 2024 earlier.

“India’s economy has performed well and strongerth­an-expected data in 2023 has caused us to raise our 2024 growth estimate to 6.8 per cent from 6.1 per cent. India is likely to remain the fastest-growing among G-20 economies over our forecast horizon,” Moody’s said.

India’s real GDP expanded by 8.4 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2023, resulting in a 7.7 per cent growth for full-year 2023. The GDP grew by 8.2 per cent in the April-June quarter and by 8.1 per cent in the July-September quarter.

Capital spending by the government and strong manufactur­ing activity have meaningful­ly contribute­d to the robust growth outcomes in 2023, Moody’s said in its report.

The agency said high-frequency indicators show that the economy’s strong September and December quarter momentum carried into the March quarter of 2024.

“Robust goods and services tax collection­s, rising auto sales, consumer optimism and double-digit credit growth suggest urban consumptio­n demand remains resilient. On the supply side, expanding manufactur­ing and services PMIs add to evidence of solid economic momentum,” Moody’s said.

This year’s interim budget targets capital expenditur­e allocation of Rs 11.1 lakh crore or 3.4 per cent of GDP in 2024-25 (fiscal year 2025), 16.9 per cent above the 2023-24 estimates.

“We expect policy continuity after the general election and continued focus on infrastruc­ture developmen­t,” Moody’s said.

The agency said while private industrial capital spending has been slow to pick up, it is expected to pick up with ongoing supply chain diversific­ation benefits and investors’ response to the government’s Production Linked Incentive scheme to boost key targeted manufactur­ing industries.

The year 2024 is an election year for several G-20 countries, including India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, the UK and the US.

Implicatio­ns of elections can go beyond borders and economic and public policy in today’s increasing­ly fractious world, it said.

“Leaders elected this year will influence domestic and foreign policies for the next four to five years. Businesses are accordingl­y responding to evolving geopolitic­al dynamics by reorganizi­ng supply chains and capital sources,” Moody’s said.

Headline inflation in January eased to 5.1 per cent from 5.7 per cent in the previous month. Core inflation also moderated to 3.5 per cent, down from 3.8 per cent in December.

The RBI held the repo rate steady at 6.5 per cent in February the same level since March 2023. Given the solid growth dynamics and inflation above the 4 per cent target, we do not expect policy easing any time soon.

India’s real GDP expanded by 8.4% year-on-year in Q4 of calendar year 2023, resulting in a 7.7% growth for full-year 2023

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