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Key Economic Forecast
Real Economy: Capital and consumer durables goods continue to be a major drag on the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data. Moreover, the transition to GST is likely to create some disruption and impact the short-term sales volume across businesses as businesses also readjust their inventory and supply chain. While monsoon has been predicted to be normal, the spatial distribution of the rainfall along with the revival in demand in the rural segment will be crucial for the growth of the industrial sector in the months ahead. D&B expects IIP to have grown by 1.3%-1.5% during May-17 largely due to the base effect.
Price Scenario: The base effect along with deflation in some of the primary articles and appreciation in rupee would keep the inflation rate lower in the near term. However, thrust to demand from the remonetisation measures, disbursement of the allowance under the 7th Pay Commission, increase in MSP in pulses, oil seeds and cotton, expectations of normal monsoon and implement of GST would continue to provide upward pressure to prices. D&B expects the CPI inflation to be in the range of 1.3%-1.5% and WPI inflation to be in the range of 1.3% - 1.5% during Jun-17, respectively – largely due to base effect.
Money & Finance: Lower inflation, expectations of rate cut in market, surplus liquidity in the banking system along with FII inflows in the debt market is expected to keep the yields across the curve lower. Further, given rising risk aversion amongst bankers, low capacity utilization rate and weak demand are expected to keep bank credit lower. D&B expects 15-91 day T-Bill yield to average at around 6.1%-6.3% and 10- year G-sec yield at around 7.0%-7.2% during Jun-17, almost in the same level as in the previous month.
External Sector: Lower inflation, strong FII inflows, narrowing down of current account deficit and prevalence of optimism amongst investors will result in an appreciating bias for the rupee in the short term at least. However, rupee remains overvalued. Overvaluation of rupee, concerns over protectionist policies by the US government, pace and quantum of foreign fund inflows post the Fed rate hike, and any geopolitical strains will continue to exert downward pressure on rupee. D&B expects the rupee to be in the range of around 64.4-64.6 per US$ during Jun-17.
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