Economy

5.7% GDP growth in Q1 matter of concern, says Arun Jaitley

Finance minster Arun Jaitley on Thursday attributed the lower GDP numbers to pre-GST destocking of goods and expressed hope that the economy will grow at 7 per cent, saying manufacturing has bottomed out. He further said that improvement in the global economy and good monsoon will aid GDP growth in the coming quarters which ought to be better if the country is ... Read More »

Indian mindset for ownership of Air India, in theory all open, says aviation minister

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said the “Indian mindset” is to keep the ownership of Air India within the country but “theoretically everything is open”, including allowing foreign bidders. His comments assume significance as it indicates that the government might tweak the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms with respect to Air India — the loss- making national ... Read More »

Experts Views On GDP Numbers In June Quarter

Mumbai: India’s economy grew a much slower-than-expected 5.7 percent in the three months through June from a year earlier, down from a provisional 6.1 percent in the previous quarter, government data showed on Thursday. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast annual growth of 6.6 percent in the quarter. COMMENTS: ABHISHEK UPADHYAY, ECONOMIST, ICICI SECURITIES PRIMARY DEALERSHIP LTD, MUMBAI “The outturn ... Read More »

99% Of Banned 1000, 500 Rupee Notes Returned, Says RBI

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its annual report released today revealed that about 99 per cent of the banned 500- and 1,000-rupee currency notes returned. According to RBI estimates, a total of Rs. 15.28 lakh crore in banned 500- and 1,000-rupee currency notes were returned by June 30, 2017, out of the estimated Rs. 15.44 lakh crore in ... Read More »

India’s June Quarter GDP Growth Seen At 6%: HSBC

New Delhi: India’s economic growth is likely to remain “soft” and the GDP is expected to grow by 6 per cent in April-June, down from 6.1 per cent in the preceding quarter, according to a report by global financial services major HSBC. Higher private consumption and government spending is likely to be “dulled” by weak investment and exports growth over ... Read More »

Government Releases Consolidated FDI Policy Document

New Delhi: The Commerce and Industry Ministry on Monday released the next edition of its consolidated FDI policy document, incorporating all the changes made over the past year. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) said the new “circular will take effect” from the same day. The consolidated policy is a compilation of the various decisions taken by the ... Read More »

GDP Growth Seen Picking Up To 6.6% In Q1 But GST A Hurdle: Poll

Bengaluru: The country’s economic growth likely accelerated to 6.6 per cent in the quarter just ended, but analysts polled by Reuters are sounding increasingly worried that confusion over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will dampen activity in coming months. The forecast, from a survey of over 40 economists taken over the past week, compares with growth of 6.1 per ... Read More »

Raghuram Rajan Pens Book On RBI Stint In ‘Turbulent Times’

New Delhi: Raghuram Rajan explains economic concepts and talks of issues like tolerance and connection between political freedom and prosperity in his new book, which is a collection of essays and speeches during his stint as RBI head. When Rajan took charge as governor of the Reserve Bank of India in September 2013, the rupee was in free fall, inflation ... Read More »

Fed’s Yellen says Dodd-Frank regs help — not hurt — economy

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is defending the web of regulations the Fed helped enact after the 2008 financial crisis, saying it helped restore the banking system’s health and disputing criticism that the rules have hurt lending. Yellen says the Fed is prepared to adjust the regulations as needed to help financial institutions. But she is implicitly ... Read More »

As economy and earnings excel, here’s what’s dragging down stocks

Getty Images Pedestrians walk past the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. economy and corporate earnings continue to impress, but markets’ positive momentum has been sapped by the political follies of the Trump administration. And from a trading perspective, the U.S. dollar is unlikely to stage much of a comeback unless the tone from Washington becomes decidedly more disciplined. It ... Read More »