'India's savings rate to plunge to 10-year low this fiscal'

'India's savings rate to plunge to 10-year low this fiscal' Mumbai: The country's savings rate, considered as one of the biggest economic strengths, is set to plunge to a 10-year low of 27 percent by end of this fiscal, Japanese brokerage Nomura has said.

"Based on the available investment data, we estimate that savings will plunge even further to a 10-year low of 27 percent of GDP in FY13," Nomura India Economist Sonal Varma said in a note.

The domestic saving rate, which had touched a high of 36.9 percent in 2007-2008, fell to 30.8 percent of the GDP in FY'12, down from 34 percent in 2010-11, Nomura said.

This is likely to push burgeoning current account deficit (CAD) to historic high of 5 percent in FY'13, the report said.

A country's savings rate usually refers to the percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) savings by households.

According to government data released over weekend, growth in per capita income fell both on current prices and real terms basis in FY12.

The per capita income rose 4.7 percent on real terms basis to Rs 38,037 in FY'12 as against the 7.2 percent growth in previous fiscal. Similarly, on current prices basis, it grew by only 13.7 percent as against 17.1 percent in FY'11.

It can be noted that this set of data has been accompanied by an increase of nearly 8 percent in inflation and choppy financial markets.

According to analysts, the slowdown in the savings rate takes resources away from investment, which is necessary for a developing country like India and this in turn, results in greater dependence on foreign capital.

PTI