Published On: Mon, Jan 12th, 2015

Speeding up economy recovery

Speeding up economy recovery - Unique Times

Speeding up economy recovery – Unique Times

Held back by weak demand at home and abroad, Indian industrial output probably made a tepid recovery late last year, underscoring the challenges faced in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he seeks to woo global investors this week.To accelerate the recovery in Asia’s third largest economy from its longest slowdown since the 1980s, Modi has pushed through a raft of economic reforms, mostly by executive orders.But global headwinds, lukewarm domestic demand and unused industrial capacity mean capital investment has not picked up and the economy remains way below potential.Retail inflation ia still a major issue for Asia’s third largest economy though it fell to an all time low in November – probably rose sharply in December fuelled by higher food prices.Analysts say there still remains a good chance that the Reserve Bank of India will cut interest rates, possibly after the government presents its annual budget in late February.The first economic readings to be published in 2015 will be out on Monday, when the government releases industrial output data for November and the consumer price index for December.

Denisha Sahadevan

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Speeding up economy recovery