India's biz confidence index moves up 4.1% in Dec qtr: NCAER

05 Feb 2015

India’s business confidence index (BCI) moved up by 4.1 per cent in the third quarter of the current fiscal economic thin-ktank NCAER said today.

“The NCAER Business Confidence Index (BCI) increased by 4.1 per cent over the previous quarter from 142.5 in October 2014 to 148.4 in December” it said in a release.
The BCI index rose during the quarter on factors including expectation of improved economic conditions positive investment climate and rise in capacity utilisation.
However companies’ view about their financial position improving in next six months showed negative change.
“The BCI rose for all five sectors of the economy (consumer durables consumer nondurables intermediate goods capital goods and services) over the previous quarter with the services sector showing the largest growth of 12.5 per cent.”
Services sector also showed the highest BCI. The BCIs of capital goods and consumer non durables sector grew handsomely by 8.8 and 8 per cent respectively said the National Council of Applied Economic Research.
Sentiment on production domestic sales exports and pretax profits were mixed. Shares of firms expecting increases in these variables rose while shares of those expecting expansion of more than 10 per cent declined it said.
On polity NCAER’s Political Confidence Index (PCI) continued to rise and increased by 1.4 per cent during the quarter it said.
“Service sector units showed the maximum growth of 23 per cent in PCI. Intermediate goods and capital goods units showed a decline in PCI. Regionally the north grew by the most whereas the west declined by the most” it added.
Published in:  Business Standard, February 5, 2015