Normal monsoon can push rural consumption
Data released by global research firm Nielsen shows that rural consumption grew by 13.5% on a year-on-year basis between January – March 2018 as compared to 10% growth recorded in urban India. With GDP growth averaging 7.4% over the last 4 years and demonetisation impact wearing off, rural demand has held up.
If the monsoon turns out to be normal, as has been predicted so far (it will be the third consecutive year of normal monsoon), rural consumption will get further fillip in the second half of the financial year. With elections around the corner, analysts expect generous increase in minimum support prices for Kharif crops and this is also expected to drive rural demand.
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Markets were marginally up last week. Nifty ended up 0.46% at 10,817.7 and Sensex closed up 0.5% at 35,622.1.