India's GDP to grow at 6.2%, RBI to cut interest rate by December: Morgan Stanley

India's GDP to grow at 6.2%, RBI to cut interest rate by December: Morgan Stanley

The report also said the inflation in India is likely to be below 5 per cent in the second quarter of calendar year 2024.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, April 22, 2023, 12:41 PM IST
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The full reopening of the economy last year, cyclical recovery in consumption, increased private sector capex, and acceleration on government spending will contribute for 6.2 per cent growth in India's gross domestic product (GDP) in FY24, said Morgan Stanley in a report. The report also said that the Reserve Bank of India's rate cutting cycle will start earlier as the inflation outlook has improved.

Upasana Chachra and Bani Gambhir of Morgan Stanley in a note said, "Growth conditions are evolving in line with our view of GDP growth at 6.2 per cent in F24e. However, downside risks have emerged for our inflation estimate of 5.5 per cent in F24, leading to a risk of a potentially earlier start to an RBI rate cut cycle vs. our base case of 1Q24."

Inflation to be below 5%

The report also said the inflation in India is likely to be below 5 per cent in the second quarter of calendar year 2024.

According to Morgan Stanley, the key for sustained domestic demand is a pickup in capex, which will help create more jobs, thus leading to a virtuous cycle of more jobs-to-higher income-higher savings-higher investment.

The headline consumer price index (CPI) print for March was in line with expectations.

"We expect inflation to decelerate more decisively in the quarter ending June, to below 5 per cent, supported by favourable base effect and moderating commodity prices. Inflation for April is currently tracking at 4.7 per cent YoY. We expect inflation to average around 5.5 per cent in F2024. with risks skewed to the downside from lower commodity prices," Morgan Stanley said.

Repo rate cuts

On the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) action on repo rate, it expects the rates to be on hold in calendar year 2023 as inflation will remain below the 6 per cent mark decisively and cuts to happen in the first quarter of 2024.

"Indeed, we expect inflation to track below 5 per cent in QE June and see downside risks to our forecast of inflation averaging 5.5 per cent in F24. While in our base case we expect a shallow rate cut cycle to start from 1Q24, we see risks of the same starting earlier based on an improving inflation outlook," the report notes.

With inputs from Agencies

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