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India's current account deficit narrows to 1.6% of GDP
Dec '15
India's current account deficit narrowed to 1.6 per cent of GDP at $8.2 billion in the second quarter ended September, mainly due to lower trade deficit. The July-September CAD is lower than $10.9 billion, or 2.2 per cent of GDP, in the same quarter of last fiscal, according to an agency report quoting the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) second quarterly balance of payments data.

But it is higher than 1.2 per cent for the previous quarter of current fiscal. The contraction in CAD was primarily on account of lower trade deficit ($37.4 billion) as compared with $39.7 billion in Q2 of last year though it was higher than the level in the preceding quarter ($34.2 billion), according to the RBI data.

Although net services receipts moderated marginally on a annual basis largely due to fall in export receipts in transport, insurance and pension services, there has been some improvement over the preceding quarter, it said.

The data reveals that after a sharp pick up in the first quarter, net foreign direct investment (FDI) moderated in second quarter of 2015-16. Net FDI inflows during first half of current fiscal rose by more than 10 per cent over the level during the corresponding period of the previous year.

During the first 6 months of the current fiscal, the CAD narrowed to 1.4 per cent of GDP from 1.8 per cent in the same period a year ago on contraction in the trade deficit and a marginal improvement in net invisibles. India's trade deficit narrowed to $71.6 billion in the first half from $74.7 billion in the same period previous fiscal. (SH)

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