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Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments First Quarter Review 2012-13: -30th July 2012

The Reserve Bank of India has released the Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments First Quarter Review 2012-13. The document serves as a backdrop to the First Quarter Review of Monetary Policy Statement 2012-13 to be announced on July 31, 2012.

Highlights:

Overall Outlook

Inflation and macro-risks to condition growth-enabling policy actions

Even as the growth outlook remains weak, inflation is likely to be sticky during 2012-13. As such, inflation and macro-risks will condition growth-enabling policy actions with a view to supporting recovery in a non-inflationary manner.

The near-term outlook on inflation continues to be marked by a number of upside risks, despite the significant slowdown in growth.

Professional forecasters as well as external agencies have lowered growth projections. Surveys of business expectations confirm that confidence levels are low.

Improving the investment climate by moving quickly to address bottlenecks in infrastructure space and removing constraints on FDI are important.

Global Economic Conditions

Global growth prospects have deteriorated with growth in EDEs also slowing down

Persistent euro area problems and weakening growth in emerging and developing economies (EDEs) will be a drag on global growth in 2012.

The deceleration in growth in the BRICS nations, which have so far been drivers of EDEsí growth, has added a new dimension to the global slowdown, making near-term recovery difficult.

Recent indications suggest that global trade flows have ebbed again after some pick-up in Q1 of 2012. This trend could persist because of tight credit conditions, adverse impact of deleveraging on trade finance and growth slowdown in EDEs.

Global financial market stress resurfaced due to the deepening crisis in the euro area, especially in Greece and Spain; the Libor fixing scandal has added to the uncertainty.



Indian Economy

Output

Risks to growth have increased; output likely to stay below potential during 2012-13

Available information suggests that slowdown has extended into Q1 of 2012-13, and output expansion in 2012-13 is likely to stay below its potential.

Newer risks to growth have arisen from slowing global trade, domestic supply constraints, bottlenecks of industrial inputs particularly with regard to coal and electricity and less-than-satisfactory monsoon so far.

Until July 27, 2012, the monsoon was deficient by 21 per cent compared with the long period average. In terms of the Reserve Bankís production weighted index, the deficiency was 24 per cent. This is likely to impact kharif crops, especially coarse cereals and pulses.

The Order Books, Inventory and Capacity Utilisation Survey show a seasonal improvement in capacity utilisation levels in Q4 of 2011-12, but the Industrial Outlook Survey indicate that capacity utilisation has declined in the subsequent quarter. These Surveys are conducted by the Reserve Bank.

Services sector growth is showing signs of decelerating in line with slowdown in industrial growth and weak global economy.



Aggregate Demand

Government needs to curtail subsidies and provide an investment stimulus

The investment outlook remains sluggish. Investment intentions in the new projects sanctioned financial assistance moderated to `2.1 trillion in 2011-12 from `3.9 trillion in 2010-11. Corporate investment is expected to decline further during 2012-13.

Sales of private, non-financial firms moderated in Q4 of 2011-12. Along with high input cost pressures, this led to declining corporate profits.

The fiscal deficit target for 2012-13 is at a risk of being breached due to likely overshooting of subsidies and shortfall in receipts.

To address this risk, fiscal space needs to be created by curtailing subsidies and significantly boosting government capital expenditures to provide an investment stimulus to the economy, which would help crowd-in private investment.

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