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Assocham expects India to grow at 7 per cent in 2018

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Published : Dec 25, 2017, 12:07 am IST
Updated : Dec 25, 2017, 12:07 am IST

Assocham said weak base of earnings in sync with the lowering of GDP growth in later part of 2017 would also help the revival in the year ahead.

Assocham said that while underlying bullish sentiment should continue to prevail in the stock market in 2018, the returns on equity may not be as robust as in 2017. (Photo:PTI)
 Assocham said that while underlying bullish sentiment should continue to prevail in the stock market in 2018, the returns on equity may not be as robust as in 2017. (Photo:PTI)

New Delhi: After “disruptions” like  lingering demonetisation effect and GST roll-out, the economy may reach a 7 per cent growth in 2018 with government policies tilting towards the stress-ridden rural landscape in the penultimate year before the Lok Sabha elections, said Assocham on Sunday.  

Against GDP growth of  6.3 per cent in the second quarter of FY18, the economic expansion may reach the crucial 7 per cent mark by the end of September 2018 quarter, said the chamber.

“Our projections for 7 per cent GDP growth are based on the assumption of stability in the government policies, good monsoon, pick-up in industrial activity and credit growth as also stability in the foreign exchange rates. The worries on account of crude oil shooting up are likely to abate, if there are no fresh geo-political shockers,” said Assocham president Sandeep Jajodia.

It said that while underlying bullish sentiment should continue to prevail in the stock market in 2018, the returns on equity may not be as robust as in 2017. “This is because the 2017 bull run has already factored in the return of growth steadiness in 2018 and the corporate earnings witnessing a pick up.”

Assocham said weak base of earnings in sync with the lowering of GDP growth in later part of 2017 would also help the revival in the year ahead. “Things have certainly and surely bottomed out. There does not seem to be any fresh bottom; only an uptick,” it said.

“In the run-up to the state assembly elections in several politically important states like Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, after the high stake Gujarat polls, the political economy is set to tilt towards the farm sector which has been witnessing some stress," said the chamber.

It said that the stress in the agriculture sector is traceable to lack of reforms in the rural economy. The farm produce is highly vulnerable to vagaries of weather.

“Even when he produces a bumper crop; he does not get a remunerative price with supply chain in-efficiencies creeping in. Despite political promises, several of the states have not been able to reform the APMC Act, which restricts farmers to sell their produce to a particular set of cartels. Besides, the import-export policies for the agri products need to be revisited to help growers realise better prices,” said the chamber.

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