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India's Current Account Deficit widen to 4.8%

New Delhi, Thu, 27 Jun 2013 NI Wire

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) - India's master bank in it's latest release has revealed that India's Current Account Deficit (CAD) widened to a record 4.8 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of the financial year 2012-13 ended on March 31 on the back of high imports of gold and oil and sluggish exports.

RBI on its Thursday released data informed that India's current account deficit stood at $87.8 billion, or 4.8 percent of GDP in the financial year 2012-13 as compared to $78.2 billion or 4.2 percent of GDP recorded in the previous year.

"Burgeoning trade deficit along with significant decline in invisible earnings caused widening of CAD during the year," the RBI said.

The situation would have been even worse had the number not shown improvements in the fourth quarter of the financial year under review.

For the January-March quarter the current account deficit moderated sharply to 3.6 percent of GDP from a historically high level of 6.7 percent of GDP reported in the previous quarter.

--With IANS Inputs--

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