Indian economy to grow at 5.4 pc in FY'13: Citigroup
"Going forward, while we maintain our view that the worst is over, we maintain our FY'13 GDP estimate of 5.4 per cent as the anticipated pick-up in industry could likely be offset by the poor summer crop output," Citigroup said in a research report.
The report further added that headline growth is likely to improve as "consumption will likely benefit in a pre-election year while investments could get a leg up with the National Investment Board".
The government data today showed the economy grew by 5.3 per cent in the July-September period of the current financial year (2012-13), pulled down by poor performance of manufacturing and agriculture sectors. The gross domestic product (GDP) had expanded by 6.7 per cent in the same period of last fiscal.
India's GDP growth was at 5.5 per cent in the first quarter (April-June) of 2012-13.
On the rate cut front, Citigroup said, there will be a easing of 50 basis points in fiscal year 2013, and there is a very little probability that the RBI will go for a rate cut in its December meeting.
"While we maintain our 0.50 per cent of easing in FY'13, the 5.3 per cent 2QFY13 GDP reading v/s our expectation of 5 per cent does reduce the probability of RBI action in the December 18 policy," the report said.
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