and partial deregulation to retail consumers.
It said higher prices of perishable foods following the below average temperature in the North are expected to add to inflationary pressure in January.
Merchandise and services exports are likely to be weak due to insufficient supply of electricity in parts of the country combined with slowdown in global economy.
"Factoring in average inflation of around 7.5 per cent in 2012-13 and monetary easing of around 50 bps in Q4, we expect GDP growth to ease to 5.4 per cent this fiscal from 6.5 per cent last fiscal," the report said, adding the medium-term outlook remains favourable for growth.
On the external commercial borrowing front, the report said the rupee volatility and the anticipated softening of domestic borrowing costs were likely to limit the attractiveness of ECBs in the ensuing quarter.
The rating agency also said the domestic bond yields are expected to remain attractive to the investors in the near to medium-term despite possibility of further softening in the fourth quarter.
Corporate bond issuances are expected to be robust in the fourth quarter on the back of expected tax-free bond issuances in the near future, it added.