Current account swings to $5.7 bn surplus in Q4FY24

In the December 2023 quarter, the current account deficit stood at $8.7 billion or 1% of GDP, show the latest data.
Current account swings to $5.7 bn surplus in Q4FY24

NEW DELHI: Driven by a sharper fall in imports and a marginal fall in exports helped the economy narrow trade deficit, which along with robust services exports helped it report a current account surplus of $5.7 billion or 0.6% of GDP in the fourth quarter of the fiscal 2024 – frist time in 10 quarters, compared to a deficit of $1.3 billion or 0.2% in the year-ago quarter, according to the latest RBI data.

In the December 2023 quarter, the current account deficit stood at $8.7 billion or 1% of GDP, show the latest data.

The current account logged a surplus in the March quarter largely due to higher services, the Reserve Bank said on Monday. The current account surplus stood at $5.7 billion in the fourth reporting quarter as against a deficit of $8.7 billion or 1 percent of GDP in the preceding quarter.

For the full yearm, the deficit narrowed sharply to $23.2 billion, or 0.7% of GDP, this is lowest in seven years, as against $67 billion or 2% of GDP in FY23, the central bank said.

The 0.6% surplus in the March quarter marks a significant improvement from the year-ago period, where the country had a current account deficit of $1.3 billion or 0.2% of GDP.

During the March quarter, net outgo on the primary income account, primarily reflecting payments of investment income, increased to $ 14.8 billion from $ 12.6 billion a year ago, the RBI said. Private transfer receipts, mainly representing remittances, amounted to $32 billion, an increase of 11.9% on-year, it added. In the financial account, net foreign direct investment flows were $2 billion compared to $6.4 billion a year ago, said the central bank.

Foreign portfolio investment saw a net inflow of $11.4 billion as against a net outflow of $1.7 billion on-year. Net inflows under external commercial borrowings to amounted to $2.6 billion in Q4 of 2023-24 as compared with $1.7 billion a year ago, the RBI said.

Non-resident deposits saw a higher net inflow of $5.4 billion, which was only $3.6 billion a year ago.

Commenting on the numbers, Aditi Nayar, chief economist at Icra Ratings, told TNIE that the current account turned in a welcome surplus after a gap of 10 quarters, with the same size of $5.7 billion.

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