Consumer Prices (Aug.)

The drop in India’s consumer price inflation in August was driven by a continued fall in food inflation. We expect a broader easing in price pressures to bring headline inflation further below the 6% upper limit of the RBI’s target range over the coming months, so we remain comfortable with our view that policy rates will be kept on hold for a while longer.
Darren Aw Asia Economist
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India Economics Weekly

There is policy space to cushion any Omicron blow

Low vaccine coverage makes India's economy highly vulnerable to the emergence of the Omicron variant. The crumb of comfort is that there is policy space to soften some of the economic blow from a new outbreak. The fiscal position is healthier than usual for this time of year. Meanwhile, the RBI is likely to keep rates on hold in the MPC meeting next week and for a few more months beyond that.

3 December 2021

India Data Response

Manufacturing PMI (Nov.)

The jump in India’s manufacturing PMI in November suggests that the recovery is still ongoing, although it appears that global supply shortages have remained a drag. And with vaccination coverage in India still low, the threat of new virus outbreaks – either of the Omicron variant or potential successors – will continue to loom. Drop-In: India – How much scarring will the pandemic leave? 10:00 ET/15:00 GMT, Wednesday 1st December https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3535749/63CC51718846E8FF3D871827AC84AF1E?partnerref=report Drop-In: Why is Asia sitting out the global inflation surge? 09:00 GMT/17:00 HKT, Thursday 2nd December https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3546145/A9D34EF592141BEFCAC819ADB40359D5?partnerref=report

1 December 2021

RBI Watch

MPC to hold rates in face of Omicron uncertainty

Whereas many EM central banks have been hiking rates aggressively, the RBI has been taking only baby steps towards policy tightening over the past couple of months. And the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant only reinforces our view that it will continue to move very cautiously. In all, we think the MPC will announce further small measures to drain liquidity from the banking sector at the conclusion of its policy meeting on Wednesday 8th December as it continues to lay the groundwork for policy rate hikes from mid-2022.   Drop-In: India – How much scarring will the pandemic leave? 10:00 ET/15:00 GMT, Wednesday 1st December https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3535749/63CC51718846E8FF3D871827AC84AF1E?partnerref=report Drop-In: Why is Asia sitting out the global inflation surge? 09:00 GMT/17:00 HKT, Thursday 2nd December https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3546145/A9D34EF592141BEFCAC819ADB40359D5?partnerref=report

1 December 2021

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India Economics Update

Implications of a weak monsoon

This year’s monsoon has so far been weaker than usual. This won’t have as big an economic impact as it would have a couple of decades ago. But it will harm employment and energy production. Some comfort can be taken from the fact that food inflation is likely to remain anchored even if the monsoon rains do remain low, which should allow the RBI to keep policy loose.

7 September 2021

India Data Response

Services & Composite PMI (Aug.)

The sharp rises in India’s services and composite PMI readings in August support our view that the economy has staged a strong rebound in Q3. But downside risks remain significant as the threat of further virus waves continues to loom.

3 September 2021

India Data Response

Manufacturing PMI (Aug.)

The drop in India’s manufacturing PMI in August is probably just a sign of activity normalising following the strong pace of recovery in recent months. But the threat of further virus waves remains a significant downside risk to the outlook.

1 September 2021
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