India's CAD to be 2% this fiscal, 2.7% in FY 15: Crisil

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India's CAD to be 2% this fiscal, 2.7% in FY 15: Crisil
India's current account deficit (CAD) was likely to narrow to a 6-year low of 2 per cent of GDP this fiscal, but may expand to 2.7 per cent in FY15 as the imports pick up, ratings agency Crisil said as per the PTI report.

"We expect CAD to print 2 per cent of GDP in 2013-14, the lowest since 2007-08... however, it will rise to 2.7 per cent of GDP in 2014-15," Crisil's research wing said in a report.

CAD, which had touched an all-time high of 4.8 per cent in FY13 - leading to a massive depreciation in the rupee - will improve to the 2 per cent level this fiscal on a heavy contraction in imports, it said as per the PTI news report.

In Q3, CAD came down sharply to an 8-year low of 0.9 per cent of GDP from a high of 6.5 per cent a year ago, primarily driven by a massive drop in bullion imports.

During the first three quarters of FY14, the CAD print stood at 2.3 per cent of GDP.

"The sharp contraction in imports in this fiscal has been the primary factor that has contained the trade deficit," the report said.

"As we move ahead, exports are expected to pick up from here, but lifting of the heavy restrictions on gold imports will result in CAD getting wider in the next fiscal," it said.

"After double-digits contraction this year, import growth is expected to pick up. Gold imports will begin to rise once the restrictions on them are relaxed, and imports of oil, consumption and investment goods will pick up as GDP growth improves, resulting in a higher CAD in the next fiscal," Crisil said.

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