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India to clock 8% growth over next few years: S&P

India to clock 8% growth over next few years: S&P



Backed by broadening of domestic consumption base, S&P Global Ratings today projected India to clock a “steroid-free” growth of 8 percent over the next few years.


In its ‘APAC Economic Snapshots–September 2016’ report, S&P said India’s structural reform agenda has maintained strong momentum and should propel growth higher.


“For India, we are still forecasting GDP growth at about 8 percent over the next few years. Moreover, this is relatively high quality, “steroid-free” growth backed by a broadening consumption base,” S&P said.


Country’s structural reform agenda has maintained strong momentum, most recently with the GST passage, and should propel growth higher, it added.


“Inflation remains a risk, given the large weights on food, fuel, and other volatile items in the Reserve Bank of India’s target basket,” S&P said.


The latest gross domestic production (GDP) figures showed that India’s growth slowed to 7.1 percent in the April-June quarter, from 7.9 percent in January-March period.


Reserve Bank has also said the near-term growth outlook for India seems brighter than last fiscal and the economy is likely to expand at 7.6 percent in 2016-17.