Latin Manharlal Group
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Upbeat consumer confidence brightens India’s economic outlook.
Upbeat consumer confidence brightens India’s economic outlook
Indians are more confident about their jobs prospects, personal finances and ability to spend as consumer confidence in India surged to a nine-year high in the first quarter of 2016, indicating a pickup in the Asia’s third biggest economy.
India tops global consumer confidence leaderboard
According to a report by market research agency, Nielsen, the consumer confidence index score for India increased three points in the March quarter to 134, the highest since 2007. Consumer confidence levels above and below a baseline of 100 indicate degrees of optimism and pessimism, respectively.
According to the report, 83 per cent of the urban Indian respondents were confident about improved employment conditions in the country. Further, 85 per cent of urban Indian respondents remained hopeful about their personal finances, while 66 per cent Indians felt that it was a good time to spend.
Consumer confidence at the global level remained stable in the first quarter but stood below the baseline score of 100, indicating pessimism. The score grew one index point to 98 in the March 2016 quarter compared to three months ended December 2015.
In the first quarter, Philippines (119) and Indonesia (117) stood at second and third position globally in terms of consumer confidence after India. Consumer confidence score surged 10 points to 110 in the US. Whereas, most of Europe (including UK and Germany), Latin America, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Canada, China and Hong Kong witnessed quarter-on-quarter drop in the confidence level in Q1.
What’s driving consumer confidence in India?
The surge in the consumer confidence was primarily bolstered by the government’s vision to play the role of an enabler to ensure sustained growth. The government’s much campaigned ‘Make in India’ reform coupled with ‘start-up India’ campaign seems to have played a crucial role in improving the overall consumer sentiment through the promise of job creation.
The consumers also seem to have remained optimistic following the Budget announcements and government’s commitment to stick to its fiscal consolidation goals and its focus on inclusive & sustained growth.
Further, robust macroeconomic indicators including strong GDP growth and softening inflation, coupled with lower interest rates have also added to the cheerful mood of Indian consumers.
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