India’s Recovery Wobbles?
RBI has warned that the Indian economy is unlikely to revert to its trend growth rate soon, as recession in advanced economies would eat into global growth and world trade. A drought like situation through most of the monsoon season has also led to concerns on the agricultural economy. Consumer spending on the other hand has been very positive, as indicated by the double digit growth of consumer durables in the IIP numbers for July. Easier availability of credit coupled with higher consumer confidence and the festive season did wonders for car sales in August; while market leader Maruti Suzuki posted a 42 per cent growth, Mahindra & Mahindra, showed a 42 per cent rise in sales of its multi-utility vehicle range, while Hyundai Motor India and Tata Motors showed 11 per cent increase over the same month last year.
India, who had to resort to IMF loans on a few occasions till the early nineties, will now take part in a global effort to make resources available to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for lending to countries in need. India will invest up to $10 billion of its reserves in Notes issued by the IMF; such investments would be treated as international reserves.
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