India Inc says no change in the economic situation in the last six months
“India Inc. still feels that the present state of economy and its undercurrent has not changed much qualitatively as compared to the previous six months. This is true in the case of profitability at the industry and firm level,” stated the Bizcon Survey by industry body
It added that the employment rate too hasn’t gone up substantially. “Since there has not been much improvement in the employment situation, the wage costs for the industry have remained stagnant. The majority of the industry (57.1%) opines that in the January to March 2016 quarter, there has been no change in terms of the expenditure incurred on wages. Going forward as well big chunk of the industry respondents (47.6%) feel that the wage costs will not change in the April to June 2016 quarter.
The survey also revealed that there wasn’t any change in the expenditures in terms of the electricity and fuel costs. “The majority expects that there will be no change in the electricity and fuel cost in April to June 2016 quarter as well,” the survey suggested.
However, the corporate sector is still optimistic about the situation. India Inc remains positive about clocking in higher sales and profitability, relying much on surge in demand and utilization of the capacity.
“Since the industry has been operating much below its capacity for a long period, there would still be a lag for fresh investment while a pickup in increased employment would still be away,” said Sunil Kanoria, ASSOCHAM President.
However, India Inc is betting big on the economy to revive on the back of a positive investment sentiment.