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Economy likely shrunk 12% in June quarter amid
Covid-19 crisis: UBS
The economy had its worst contraction on record in FY21 at 7.3 percent as the 2.5 months of unplanned
lockdown announced by the Centre
Lockdowns imposed by the states in April and May to contain the second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic
has likely led to the economy contracting 12 per cent in the June quarter as against 23.9 percent contraction in the
same quarter in 2020, says a brokerage report.
The economy had its worst contraction on record in FY21 at 7.3 percent as the 2.5 months of unplanned lockdown
announced by the Centre with just a four-hour notice had crippled the economy in the first quarter with a massive
23.9 per cent contraction, which improved to -17.5 per cent in the second quarter.
But the economy showed a sharp V-shaped recovery from the second half when it posted a 40 bps positive growth
and in Q4 clipping at 1.6 percent, containing the overall contraction at 7.3 per cent for the year.
This 12 percentage point contraction will have the economy missing a sharp V-shaped recovery this time around,
unlike seen last year after the national lockdown was lifted, as consumer sentiment remains very weak this time
around as people are more worried about the pandemic than last year, says Swiss brokerage UBS Securities
Quoting in-house data from the UBS-India activity indicator, Tanvee Gupta Jain, the economist at the Swiss
brokerage, says the indicator suggests that economic activity has contracted an average of 12 per cent in June
2021 quarter as against 23.9 per cent in June 2020 quarter. This is despite the indicator rebounded to 88.7 in the
week to June 13, up 3 per cent week-on-week after many states eased localized mobility restrictions from the last
week of May.