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Analysts forecast better Q2 show with a GDP print of 6.4%

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Analysts are expecting an higher dataprint for the September quarter GDP that will be announced tomorrow, with some of them pegging it at 6.4%, after the disappointing performance in the preceding quarter.

"The first quarter growth at 5.7%--a three- year low--did cause a lot of heartburn, but we strongly believe that Q2 growth is likely to trend higher and might be in at 6.3-6.4% (gross value added at 6.1-6.2%) with a downward bias," economists at SBI said in a note yesterday.

Their optimism comes from the improving macroeconomic indicators across sectors, especially those affected by the note-ban that had dragged down the June quarter numbers. Growth had slid to a three-year low of 5.7% for the three months to June on the spillover effects of the note ban and the GST implementation.

Economists with Singaporean brokerage DBS also expect the headline growth to accelerate to 6.4% for the second quarter, but cut its forecast for the full year 20 bps to 6.6% largely on the dismal first quarter. HSBC had yesterday forecast a 6.3% print on a gross value added (GVA) basis on a jump in industrial growth.

Blaming the dismal Q1 slowdown due to poor consumption demand, contraction in manufacturing due to GST disruptions, and declining in mining activity, SBI economists said recent macroeconomic indicators point to an overall recovery. It pointed out the 10-month high manufacturing output in September at 3.4%, mining at a five-month high of 9.4% and electricity production grew 7.9%. It also used the earnings data from over 2,700 corporates to paint an optimistic picture and specifically mentioned the air transport sector where companies have posted a 28% rise in revenues.

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