CSO Data on Q3 GDP
The Central Statistical Office (CSO) has released the data about the GDP for the third quarter. The important facts from the data are:
- Indian economy decelerated at a faster pace than anticipated in the third quarter of 2018-19 to 6.6%. This was the lowest in five quarters. This increases the possibility of another round of rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in April to support growth.
- The full-year growth forecast for the current fiscal year has been revised to 7% from the 7.2% estimated earlier.
- The growth rates for the earlier quarters ere also revised downward to 8% and 7% respectively.
- It is also estimated that in the March quarter the economy would decelerate to 6.4%.
- The size of the Indian economy through the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) was revised upward to Rs 190.54 trillion ($2.7 trillion) against Rs 188.41 trillion ($2.65 trillion).
- This revision of the size of the GDP would aid in achieving the fiscal deficit target of 3.3% of GDP for 2018-19 as estimated in last year’s budget against the revised estimate of 3.4%.
Even after the deceleration in growth rate, India remains the fastest growing economy as China’s economy cooled in the December quarter to a 28-year low of 6.4%.