Morgan Stanley raises India growth rate to 6.8 pc, from 6.5 pc

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Rama Krishna Sangem

Here is some good news for those who bet big on India’s growth story.  Global brokerage firm Morgan Stanley has revised its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the financial year 2024-25 (FY25) to 6.8 per cent, up from the previous estimate of 6.5 per cent. The firm also revised its growth forecast for the ongoing financial year (FY24) to 7.9 per cent.

Morgan Stanley expects India’s GDP growth to remain robust, with an anticipated growth rate of around seven per cent in the fourth quarter of FY24 (quarter ending in March 2024). This growth momentum is expected to be widespread, with converging gaps between rural-urban consumption and private-public capital expenditure in FY25.

Moreover, the firm foresees a favourable inflation trajectory, with recent trends indicating a moderation in headline inflation. Softening food inflation, coupled with meaningful moderation in core inflation due to supply chain easing and subdued price pressures, is expected. The firm also foresees a shallow easing cycle in monetary policy, driven by sustained traction in industrial and capital expenditure activities.


India’s basics are strong

These revisions reflect an optimistic outlook on India’s economic trajectory, with Morgan Stanley highlighting the country’s strength and stability as defining features of the current cycle.

Looking ahead, Morgan Stanley projects headline inflation to average 4.5 per cent in FY25, down from 5.4 per cent in FY24, while core inflation is expected to remain subdued at 4.1 per cent. The firm anticipates further supply chain normalisation and easing commodity price pressures, which will contribute to the disinflation trend.

Despite the positive economic outlook, Morgan Stanley highlighted the potential risks from global factors and domestic uncertainties. Slower-than-expected global growth, elevated commodity prices, and tighter global financial conditions pose risks to India’s growth and macroeconomic stability. Domestically, factors such as central elections and changes in the policy mix warrant close monitoring.

Needless to say, this growth projections will have an impact on stock markets too.

Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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