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India lowers growth forecast to between 5.7% and 5.9%, says on track for deficit

Published on Dec 17, 2012 3:02 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India on Monday cut its growth forecast for the current fiscal year to just below six per cent, putting Asia's third-largest economy on track for its worst annual performance in a decade.

The finance ministry said "supportive" moves from the central bank would be needed even for the economy to expand at the revised level of 5.7-5.9 per cent, down from 7.85 per cent estimated at the start of the year.

The forecast came a day before the bank was expected to keep the benchmark interest rate on hold as it waits for stubborn inflation to ease, despite mounting pressure for a cut to boost the sluggish economy.

"It should be possible for the economy to improve the overall growth rate of GDP (for the year) to around 5.7 per cent to 5.9 per cent" from 5.4 per cent in the first half, said the Mid-Year Economic Analysis tabled in parliament.

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