The Indian economy is seen recovering faster than expected and the Reserve Bank is likely to have come to an end of the rate easing cycle, according to global forecasting firm Oxford Economics.
It further said inflation is expected to average significantly above 6 per cent in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal and the RBI may hold policy rates in December monetary policy review meeting.
Consumer inflation rose back to pre-pandemichighs in October, with almost every broad category other than fuel experiencing a rise in prices. While Q4 is likely to mark the peak for inflation, we have turned more cautious on the trajectory over 2021, it said.
Costlier vegetables and eggs pushed up retail inflation to a nearly six-and-a-half year high of 7.61 per capita in October, keeping it significantly above the comfort zone of the Reserve Bank. Retail inflation stood at 7.27 per capita in September 2020.