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“GDP Contraction Worst Among Asian Peers”: What Analysts Say On Economic Data

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GDP contracted 7.5 per cent in the July-September period

Highlights

  • GDP Contraction Worst Among Asian Peers
  • Economists Comment on GDP Contraction
  • Q2 GDP Data Shows 7.5% Contraction

The gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 7.5 per cent in the July-September period according to official data today, resulting in the economy to fall into an unprecedented recession. The Q2 GDP data showing a decline in numbers comes after the previous quarter registering a near 24 per cent contraction. Even though the latest quarter’s data showed slight signs of a pick-up after the easing of coronavirus-induced restrictions, yet economists and experts have polarised views on the same. Also Read: At -7.5%, GDP Rebounds But India Now In Technical Recession

Here are some of the comments from analysts on the GDP contraction in the Q2 quarter and its effect on the national economy:

Rumki Majumdar, Economist, Deloitte India:

“The contraction in the first two quarters of this fiscal year is no surprise. Since the quarterly data of GDP is released with a lag of two months, we should look at these numbers in the rear-view mirror keeping in perspective that recent high-frequency data possibly suggest a quicker rebound ahead. Three drivers will ensure a sustained economic revival and rehabilitation; inclusive job growth, a robust services sector rebound, and a sustained recovery in private demand.”
 

Mr. Sanjay Kumar, CEO & MD, Elior India:

“The contraction in the GDP at -7.5 per cent is amongst the worst as compared to its Asian peers. This is definitely a cause of concern and hopefully, with the easing of the monetary policy, we can expect some further rebound in the coming quarter. Having said that, given the fact that the economy is officially in recession, there is a strong need now for fiscal intervention as monetary policy intervention alone will not see us come out of this situation.”
 

Siddhartha Sanyal, Chief Economist and Head – Research, Bandhan Bank:

”The 7.5 per cent year-on-year contraction in GDP for Q2FY21 is significantly better than the near 24 per cent contraction in the previous quarter. In fact, while a major improvement in Q2’s GDP trajectory was clearly expected based on the high-frequency indicators and corporate earnings, the actual number beat our expectation of a 10 per cent year-on-year contraction. However, while the Q2 GDP print was a clear positive surprise, it might be prudent to maintain caution as regards the pace of recovery in the coming months as one cannot rule out frontloading of activities and production during Q2 to an extent, especially closer to the festive season.”

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Mihir Vora, Director & Chief Investment Officer, Max Life Insurance:

”India marked a technical recession with a Q2 real GDP contraction of -7.5 per cent and nominal GDP at -4 per cent. The number is marginally better than expectations and reflected unlocking of the economy, improvement in activity levels, and pent- up demand. The number also may look higher as the initial estimates take into account data for larger companies which have done better than the medium and small enterprises.”

Dr. Sunil Kumar Sinha, Principal Economist, India Ratings and Research:

”The economy appears to have done better than our estimate as GDP in the q2FY21 contracted by 7.5 per cent as compared to India Ratings and Research’s (Ind-Ra) estimate of a contraction of 11.9 per cent. From the supply side while most of the sectors have done as expected and continue to be in contractionary mode, the surprise of the pack is manufacturing sector which showed a growth of 0.6 per cent in Q2FY21 GDP. Some of the high-frequency indicators such as auto sales had been indicating of the pick up for a while.”

Suman Chowdhury, Chief Analytical Officer, Acuite Ratings & Research:

”The significantly lower YoY contraction in Q2GDP at 7.5 per cent vis-à-vis 23.9 per cent in Q1 has been largely in line with our expectations given the effect of pent up demand in the economy after a protracted lockdown in large parts of the country. The agriculture sector continues its good run with 3.4 per cent growth and the manufacturing sector has also slightly surprised with a growth of 0.6 per cent.”



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