S&P Global Ratings has reaffirmed its growth forecast for India’s fiscal year 2024, maintaining a positive outlook despite the backdrop of a slowing global economy. In this article, we delve into S&P’s assessment of India’s economic prospects for the upcoming fiscal year, highlighting key factors driving their forecast.
A Closer Look at S&P’s Forecast
Steady Growth Despite Global Headwinds
S&P remains optimistic about India’s economic growth, retaining its FY24 growth forecast at 6 percent. This is significant given the current global economic slowdown, which has raised concerns in financial markets worldwide.
Temporary Spike in Vegetable Prices
One noteworthy observation from S&P is the recent spike in vegetable price inflation. However, they view this spike as temporary, indicating that it should not significantly impact India’s overall economic trajectory.
Inflation Outlook Adjusted
While vegetable prices may be transient, S&P has revised its full fiscal retail inflation forecast upward to 5.5 percent. This adjustment is attributed to higher global oil rates, a factor that has caused fluctuations in inflation expectations.
Resilience in the Face of Challenges
Despite the challenges posed by the global economic environment, India’s economy demonstrated resilience in the 2022-23 fiscal year, growing at a commendable rate of 7.2 percent. This resilience forms the foundation of S&P’s positive outlook for FY24.
As India prepares for the fiscal year 2024, it does so against the backdrop of a world grappling with economic uncertainties. S&P’s decision to retain its growth forecast at 6 percent reflects a degree of confidence in India’s ability to navigate these challenges and continue on its growth trajectory.
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