MPC may continue to put more weight on growth than inflation: Economists

by Nidhi Bhati

Economists opine that it is going to be difficult for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to prioritise growth in view of the recent spike in retail inflation. However, they believe that the monetary policy committee (MPC) would immediately not increase rates or change its stance at the August meeting and instead may opt for a wait-and-watch policy. The panel is likely to wait for more data to see how the second wave has affected growth. The consensus among economists is that the MPC will likely raise its inflation forecast of 5.1 per cent for 2021-22. They also expect discussions on the road map for exiting accommodative stance, which was likely delayed by the second Covid-19 wave. Economists also opine that an urgent review and a coordinated reduction of taxes and duties by Centre and states is needed to curb inflation.

References
1. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/rbi-will-have-to-look-through-high-inflation-for-growth-say-economists-121061501364_1.html
2. https://www.livemint.com/economy/rising-inflation-may-obstruct-rbi-s-focus-on-growth-11623782557989.html
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate (30-DAY MVG. AVG.)
Per cent
6.9 -1.9
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
52.1 0.0
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
54.8 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
48.0 0.0
Quarterly CapEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Sep 20 Dec 20 Mar 21 Jun 21
New projects 1.99 1.25 1.87 1.81
Completed projects 0.76 0.85 1.10 0.57
Stalled projects 0.06 0.31 0.14 0.16
Revived projects 0.25 0.15 0.21 0.12
Implementation stalled projects 0.09 0.15 0.30 0.27
Updated on: 28 Jul 2021 3:28PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Sep 20 Dec 20 Mar 21 Jun 21
All listed Companies
 Income -6.3 1.6 15.0 34.0
 Expenses -10.3 0.1 7.4 34.8
 Net profit 47.5 58.0 304.2 75.7
 PAT margin (%) 8.3 8.4 9.1 12.9
 Count of Cos. 4,419 4,433 4,211 382
Non-financial Companies
 Income -10.5 0.2 17.7 51.1
 Expenses -14.2 -0.7 10.6 56.0
 Net profit 31.7 54.4 218.4 81.9
 PAT margin (%) 8.1 8.8 9.3 13.0
 Net fixed assets 5.9 2.3
 Current assets 0.7 4.8
 Current liabilities -2.7 0.8
 Borrowings 8.3 -4.3
 Reserves & surplus 4.2 12.3
 Count of Cos. 3,278 3,293 3,143 289
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 28 Jul 2021 3:28PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY19 FY20 FY21
All Companies
 Income 13.4 0.0 2.8
 Expenses 13.8 -0.1 0.4
 Net profit 14.2 -7.3 33.8
 PAT margin (%) 2.1 2.1 9.5
 Assets 9.8 8.3 17.1
 Net worth 8.5 4.3 18.7
 RONW (%) 3.7 3.6 10.7
 Count of Cos. 31,492 30,180 1,463
Non-financial Companies
 Income 14.1 -1.9 -0.8
 Expenses 14.4 -1.7 -2.3
 Net profit 20.6 -18.4 15.0
 PAT margin (%) 2.9 2.4 10.9
 Net fixed assets 5.6 9.7 7.0
 Net worth 7.9 1.9 18.0
 RONW (%) 6.3 5.1 13.5
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.0 1.1 0.5
 Interest cover (times) 2.3 2.0 5.8
 Net working capital cycle (days) 73 80 32
 Count of Cos. 25,254 24,140 1,091
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 28 Jul 2021 4:45PM