India’s economic growth forecast cut to 5.6% from 5.8% for 2019-20: Moody’s

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India’s economic growth forecast for the current year on Thursday has been cut to 5.6% from 5.8% estimated earlier, saying GDP slowdown is lasting longer than previously expected by Moody’s Investors Service.

“We have revised down our growth forecast for India. We now forecast slower real GDP growth of 5.6% in 2019, from 7.4% in 2018,” Moody’s said.

It expected economic activity to pick up in 2020 and 2021 to 6.6% and 6.7%, respectively, but the pace to remain lower than in the recent past.

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“India’s economic growth has decelerated since mid-2018, with real GDP growth slipping from nearly 8% to 5% in the second quarter of 2019 and joblessness rising. “Investment activity was muted well before that, but the economy was buoyed by strong consumption demand. What is troubling about the current slowdown is that consumption demand has cooled notably,” it said.

(With agencies inputs)

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