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GDP growth rate may decelerate in Q4GDP growth rate may decelerate in Q4

The growth in March qtr expected to be in 6.1%-6.7% range as against over 8% in previous 3 qrts: Economists

GDP growth rate may decelerate in Q4GDP growth rate may decelerate in Q4

New Delhi: India’s GDP in the fourth quarter of financial year 2023-24 is expected to have grown within the range of 6.1-6.7 per cent, lower than over 8 per cent rate recorded in the previous three quarters, according to projections by various economists. The GDP numbers for the fourth quarter (January-March 2024) and the provisional estimates for the 2023-24 fiscal year are scheduled to be released by the government on May 31. According to economists, the expected growth in 2023-24 fiscal is estimated to be in the range of 7.6-7.8 per cent. The Indian economy grew 8.2 per cent in the June quarter, 8.1 per cent in the September quarter and 8.4 per cent in the December quarter of 2023-24.

Kotak Mahindra Bank Chief Economist Upasna Bhardwaj said high frequency data suggests robust growth across the board. Also, trade and hotels have held up in the fourth quarter. “Manufacturing activities have also been good, and construction linked and investment segments should be doing better, but agriculture sector growth could be a laggard and see contraction during the quarter. We are expecting 6.1 per cent GDP growth for the fourth quarter and as a result, the full-year number for GDP growth should be close to 7.6 per cent,” Bhardwaj said.

India’s GDP expanded 6.1 per cent in the March quarter of 2022-23 fiscal, as per May 31, 2023 estimates. The growth for full fiscal 2022-23 was 7 per cent.

“We are looking at some moderation in economic activity in the services segment and also on the industrial side across the board. That is the reason why Gross Value Added (GVA) numbers are expected at 5.7 per cent for the fourth quarter, while 6.1 per cent is GDP number,” she added.

GDP is the total value of goods and services produced in a given period, while GVA is GDP minus net taxes (gross tax collection minus subsidy).

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