India’s Second Quarter GDP Rises To 8.8%

India's economy expanded 8.8% in the second quarter from a year earlier, compared to an 8.6% on-year expansion in the first, lifted by robust activity in manufacturing.

Agricultural output along with strong development in the Industrial and Mining sector has helped to boost the Indian economy. Agricultural output rose 2.8 per cent y-o-y thanks to improved harvests. Industrial production increased by 12% and in the mining sector by 9%.

However, in spite of strong supply data, private consumption slumped to 0.3% y-o-y in Q2 from 2.6% in Q1, fixed investment has dropped to 3.7% from 17.7%, government consumption growth was negative and both export and import growth contracted.

The Reserve Bank Of India has stated that it had seen an annual growth of 8.5% steadily. The main priority of the Reserve Bank is to curb the ongoing inflation, which peaked at 11% last month. Interest rates have been increased by the banks to contain the inflation, but it could slow down the growth of the Indian economy in the coming months. But even thought there has been a rise in the interest rates there hasn’t been much change in the distribution of loans, the Indian customer is hardly affected with the hiked interest rates.

India’s Second Quarter GDP Rises To 8.8%, MarketWatch
9/5/2010 1:59:44 PM