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GDP growth slips to 5.8% in March quarter

India’s economic growth suffered a third straight quarterly fall in the first three months of 2019 to 5.8 percent, according to government figures.

business Updated: May 31, 2019 18:50 IST
Agence France-Presse
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GDP growth for the world’s sixth biggest economy was down from 6.6 percent in the last quarter of 2018.
GDP growth for the world’s sixth biggest economy was down from 6.6 percent in the last quarter of 2018.(Reuters file photo)
         

India’s economic growth suffered a third straight quarterly fall in the first three months of 2019 to 5.8 percent, according to government figures, throwing up an immediate challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new administration.

GDP growth for the world’s sixth biggest economy was down from 6.6 percent in the last quarter of 2018 and came well below predictions of 6.3 percent given by many analysts.

The announcement meant India had lost its place as the world’s fastest-growing major economy to China, which is currently on 6.4 percent growth.

The Indian government also estimated that the economy grew by 6.8 percent in the year up to March 31, down from 7.2 percent the year before.

The figures were released only hours after Modi named Nirmala Sitharaman as new finance minister in his government, which took office Friday.

The right-wing government won a landslide election victory this month but has been on the defensive over its handling of the economy.

While the economy has regularly grown at about 7.0 percent since Modi came to power in 2014, it has failed to create enough jobs for the 1.2 million Indians who come on the labour market each month.

(The story has been published from a wire feed without any modifications to the text, only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: May 31, 2019 18:02 IST

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