Personal consumption, investments losing steam due to high inflation: RBI paper
- IBJ Bureau
- Jun 24, 2023
Inflation was slowing down personal consumption expenditure, which in turn was moderating corporate sales and holding back private investment in capacity creation, said a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) paper on Friday.
The paper, authored by a team led by RBI Deputy Governor Michael Debabrata Patra, underlined the need for lowering inflation to revive consumer spending and boost corporate revenues and profitability.
Retail inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which remained above 5 per cent during 2022-23, is now on the decline and fell to a two-year low of 4.25 per cent in May, following the RBI’s monetary policy actions and government measures.
“Recent national accounts data and corporate results when read in conjunction clearly show that inflation is slowing down personal consumption expenditure. This, in turn, is moderating corporate sales and holding back private investment in capacity creation,” said the article published in the RBI’s latest bulletin.
The RBI, however, said that the views expressed in the bulletin articles were of the authors and did not represent the views of the RBI.
The article on the ‘State of the Economy’ stressed that bringing down inflation and stabilising inflation expectations will revive consumer spending, and boost corporate revenues and profitability, which is the best incentive for private capex.