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Published on 27/10/2021 9:26:51 AM | Source: Accord Fintech

BCI increases by 90% in July-September this financial year: NCAER

Posted in Economy News| #Economy #COVID-19

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Signalling an improvement in sentiments over the pre-pandemic period, think-tank -- the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has said its Business Confidence Index (BCI) increased by 90 per cent in the July-September this financial year over the first quarter, indicating signs of improvement. It highlighted that after the second COVID-19 wave, business sentiments recovered in the second quarter of 2021-22, compared to those prevailing in the preceding three months. The BCI increased by 90 per cent on a quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) basis and by about 80 per cent on a year-on-year (y-o-y) basis. National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) carried out its 118th Round of its Business Expectations Survey (BES) in September 2021. The BCI is also higher than what it was in 2019-20:Q2.

Poonam Gupta, Director-General, NCAER, said ‘The current BES survey points to a recovery in business sentiments post the second wave of the pandemic. The recovery is broad-based across firm size, ownership, and industrial sectors.’ Barring the West zone, business sentiments have improved for all the regions. The BCI decreased in the West by nearly 10 per cent in 2021–22:Q2, whereas it increased in the East (Kolkata), North (National Capital Region of Delhi), and South (Chennai and Bengaluru). NCAER said the upward movement in BCI was driven by an improvement in sentiments for all the four components of the BCI -- overall economic conditions will improve in the next six months; the financial position of firms will improve in the next six months; present investment climate is positive as compared to six months ago and present capacity utilisation is close to or above the optimal level.

NCAER said sentiments improved in the second quarter of the current fiscal about production, domestic sales, exports, new orders, imports of raw materials, and pre-tax profits. Sentiments about costs, especially ones related to raw materials, remained elevated with two-thirds of the firms expecting the costs of raw materials per unit of output to go up in the next six months as compared to 54 per cent in the first quarter of 2021-22. NCAER Political Confidence Index (PCI) increased by nearly 110 per cent (109.4 per cent) in the July-September period 2021-22 over the previous quarter, and by more than 60 per cent as compared to the corresponding quarter of the last year.

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