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Indian economy to grow 7.7% : Chamber

Indian economy will grow 7.7 per cent in the ongoing fiscal amid likely improvement in the industrial and agricultural sectors' performance on account of good monsoon, though the investment cycle is expected to take at least 6 months to witness a pick-up, says a survey.

"The growth in 2016-17 is expected to be supported by an improvement in the agricultural and industrial sector performance. Prediction of a good monsoon after two consecutive years of sub-optimal rainfall backs the improved outlook in the current fiscal," according to the Ficci's Economic 
Outlook Survey that puts across a median GDP growth forecast of 7.7 per cent for FY 2016-17.

The Reserve Bank last month had forecast a 7.6 per cent growth for the current fiscal on the back of favourable monsoon, a notch lower than the upper end of government's range of 7 per cent to 7.75 per cent. Moreover, the agriculture sector is expected to record a median growth of 2.8 per cent in 2016-17, with a minimum and maximum range of 1.6 per cent and 3.5 per cent, respectively.

Industrial growth is expected to grow by 7.1 per cent in 2016-17, while services sector growth is estimated at 9.6 per cent. The survey was conducted during April/May 2016 among economists belonging to the industry, banking and financial services sector. The economists were asked to provide forecast for key macro-economic variables for the year 2016-17 as well as for Q4 (January-March) FY16 and Q1 (April-June) FY17.

In addition, economists also shared their prognosis about the expected recovery in the investment cycle. A majority of them were of the view that investment cycle will take at least two more quarters to witness a pick-up. 
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