India’s current account deficit (CAD) is likely to be about 1 per cent of the GDP in the current fiscal because of low crude prices and contained gold imports, says a Citigroup report.
According to the global financial services major, CAD is likely to be about USD 20.6 billion (1 percent of GDP) in 2015-16, as against USD 28 billion (1.4 percent of GDP) last year.
“Though it’s still early to call the bottom on export contraction, we maintain our view of India’s current account deficit narrowing to around 1 percent of GDP in FY16 due to low crude prices and contained gold imports,” Citigroup said in a research note.
According to official figures, trade deficit in the first seven months of the current fiscal (April-October) has shrunk to USD 77.76 billion as against USD 86.26 billion last fiscal.
Citigroup said this figure reinforced its view of a likely compression in CAD, which is primarily the difference between the value of country’s imports and exports. It also includes certain other components, which normally constitute a smaller percentage of the total.
The report further noted that an improvement in exports, stable trend in non-oil non-gold imports, and an uptick in PMI new export orders augurs well for the economic activity in the near term.
India’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed for a third consecutive month to USD 9.8 billion in October largely due to a sequential increase in exports by 2.1 percent on a month-on-month basis in seasonally-adjusted terms.