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ICRA ups Q2 GDP growth estimate to 7.9%

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A jump in government spending in September has led ICRA to upgrade its GDP growth estimate for the second quarter of FY2021-22 to 7.9 percent, according to a release. Healthy Central and state Government spending, robust merchandise exports and continuing demand from the farm sector supported economic activity in that quarter," its chief economist Aditi Nayar said.

ICRA ups Q2 GDP growth estimate to 7.9%
A jump in government spending in September has led ICRA to upgrade its GDP growth estimate for the second quarter of FY2021-22 to 7.9 percent, according to a release. The domestic rating agency's earlier estimate for real GDP growth for the July-September period was 7.7 percent.
The GDP had grown by over 20 percent in Q1FY22 on a low base as the pandemic's first wave raged. The RBI has forecast a 9.5 percent growth rate in FY22.
"Economic activity in Q2 FY22 was supported by a pick-up in industrial and service sector volumes after the second wave of COVID-19 subsided and rising vaccine coverage revived confidence. Additionally, healthy Central and state Government spending, robust merchandise exports and continuing demand from the farm sector supported economic activity in that quarter," its chief economist Aditi Nayar said.
Nayar said this would be an improvement when compared to the COVID second wave-hit first quarter of the fiscal.
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A normalising base is expected to lead to a moderation in the growth when compared with the year-ago period, the agency said. The central government's non-interest revenue expenditure expanded by 15 percent in Q2FY22, compared to the contraction of 7.3 percent in Q1FY22.
Additionally, for the 22 state governments for which data is available, revenue expenditure expanded by 13.1 percent in Q2FY22, a step up from the 10.6 percent growth in Q1FY22. The agency estimates growth by gross value-added basis for the industry, services and agriculture, forestry and fishing to come at 8.5 percent, 7.9 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively, for the quarter.
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