Consumer Prices (Dec.) & Industrial Production (Nov.)
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Consumer Prices (Dec.) & Industrial Production (Nov.)

Indian consumer price inflation took a big step towards the 6% ceiling of the RBI’s target range in December. We think it will breach the ceiling soon and that the RBI will remove some policy support. Drop-In: Neil Shearing will host an online panel of our senior economists to answer your questions and update on macro and markets this Thursday, 13th January (11:00 ET/16:00 GMT). Register for the latest on everything from Omicron to the Fed to our key calls for 2022. Registration here.
Darren Aw Asia Economist
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India Economics Update

A small helping hand for households

Measures unveiled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the weekend including a cut to excise duties on petrol and ramping up of fertiliser subsidies should offer a small reprieve to households dealing with the sharp rise in fuel and food prices. But the measures won’t be enough to prevent further rises in inflation over the coming months, and will come at the cost of a slightly wider fiscal deficit this year. Asia Drop-In (26th May, 0900 BST/16:00 SGT): Can Asia remain the low inflation exception? Join our 20-minute briefing about the region’s price and policy outlooks. Register here.

23 May 2022

India Economics Weekly

Heatwave damage, MPC minutes, WPI surge

The government’s decision to restrict exports of wheat following heavy damage to crops from the heatwave will have limited impact on the trade balance and inflation. The bigger worry is that the extreme heat will do broader damage to other rabi (winter) crop. Meanwhile, the minutes of the RBI’s unscheduled meeting this month show that several MPC members are keen on frontloading rate hikes to rein in inflation expectations. That supports our view that the repo rate will be hiked by 50bp in the next meeting in June.
Asia Drop-In (26th May, 0900 BST/16:00 SGT): Can Asia remain the low inflation exception? Join our 20-minute briefing about the region’s price and policy outlooks. Register here.

20 May 2022

India Economics Weekly

G-SAP redux?

The recent jump in bond yields is reportedly causing consternation among policymakers. The big worry is the impact that higher bond yields would have on the trajectory of India’s public debt. This sets the stage for more financial repression policies and a potential return of the RBI’s so-called “G-SAP” – the programme introduced last year in which it made regular purchases of government bonds on the secondary market.
EM Drop-In (17th May): Do current EM debt strains point to a repeat of the kinds of crises seen in the 1980s and 1990s? Join our special briefing on EM sovereign debt risk on Tuesday. Register now.

13 May 2022

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India Economics Weekly

Cautious optimism despite oncoming Omicron wave

India is about to be hit by a huge Omicron wave. New COVID infections have surged fifteen-fold in the last two weeks. But we’re optimistic that the economy will prove more resilient than it has in the past. And South Africa’s experience with Omicron provides some reassurance that the outbreak could be brief.

7 January 2022

India Data Response

PMI Surveys (Dec.)

India’s PMIs remained buoyant in December, suggesting that activity continued picking up towards the end of 2021. We think the recovery will gain momentum this year but a recent sharp jump in infections means that downside risks dominate in the near-term.

5 January 2022

India Chart Book

Inflation risks stacked on the upside in 2022

Upside inflation risks are building in India. Damage to crops from bad weather has caused spikes in vegetable prices recently. And base effects aren’t helpful: food inflation will accelerate in year-on-year terms over the next few months even if prices are flat. Meanwhile, there is no sign yet that the Omicron variant is spreading at speed. But if it does, and further containment measures are implemented in response, that would probably push inflation up too. Whereas lockdowns were initially disinflationary in other countries, India’s two lockdowns both caused measures of core CPI inflation to jump by around 1%-pt.

20 December 2021
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