S&P cuts India’s growth forecast to 7% for FY23

New Delhi, Nov 28: S&P Global Ratings on Monday cut ’s economic growth forecast for current fiscal year to 7 per cent,
but said the domestic demand-led will be less impacted by the global slowdown.
S&P had in September projected the Indian economy to grow 7.3 per cent in 2022-23 and 6.5 per cent in next fiscal year
(2023-24).
“The global slowdown will have less impact on domestic demand-led economies such as India… India’s output will expand 7 per cent
in fiscal year 2022-2023 and 6 per cent in next fiscal year,” S&P Global Ratings Asia-Pacific chief economist Louis Kuijs said.
The Indian economy grew 8.5 per cent in 2021. In its quarterly economic update for Asia-Pacific, S&P said in some countries
the domestic demand recovery from covid has further to go and this should support growth next year in India.
It projected inflation to average 6.8 per cent in current fiscal year and RBI’s benchmark interest rate to rise to 6.25 per cent by
March 2023. To control price rise, RBI has already hiked interest rate by 1.9 percentage points to a three-year high of 5.9 per cent.
India’s wholesale and retail inflation fell in October after remaining high for most part of the year mainly due to supply chain
disruptions following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war in February.
Retail or CPI inflation fell to a three-month low of 6.7 per cent, while wholesale or WPI inflation was at a 19-month low of
8.39 per cent last month.