Confidence Levels Dip for the Fourth Consecutive Quarter as Businesses Remain Less Hopeful of Economic Turnaround, Finds the Business Today - C Fore Survey
20 Jan, 2016, 05:56 ET
NEW DELHI, January 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
- Business Confidence Falls to 53.2 in the Third Quarter of 2015/16, Says the Latest Survey
- Businesses of Different Sizes - Large, Medium, Small and Micro - Have Shown no Improvement in Confidence Levels
- Only 34 per cent Expect Investment Cycle of the Private Sector to Pick-up in the January-to-March Quarter
The latest Business Today's Business Confidence Index has dipped for the fourth consecutive quarter. On a scale of 100, the confidence level dropped to 53.2 in the third quarter of 2015/16 as compared to 55.4 in the second quarter and 57.4 in the first quarter. The business confidence has been consistently going down since October-to-December 2014 quarter when it reached its third-highest level since the launch of the survey in January-to-March 2011 period. The latest BCI is the lowest point for the index since the Narendra Modi-led government has taken charge in May 2014.
The losing optimism among corporate leaders reflects that economic and business environment remain challenging. As in the previous survey, the confidence level among businesses of all types - heavy industry, light industry and services - have witnessed drop in sentiments. In addition, businesses of all sizes have seen drop in sentiments in the October-to-December quarter.
Several components of the survey point out that quarter ending December was not satisfying. Parameters such as overall economic situation, overall business situation, cost of external finance, production level, order book and sales pick up have registered decline as compared to previous survey. In the case of overall economic situation, more number of respondents - 35 per cent - expect the economic situation to get worse in the January-to-March quarter as against 18 per cent respondents predicting the same in the previous survey.
However, respondents are hopeful that the situation might improve in other areas such as profits and hiring. For instance, only 27 per cent respondents are expecting the hiring situation to deteriorate in the January-to-March period, which is lower than 46 per cent respondents in the previous survey.
Also, more corporate leaders expect private sector investments to pick up in the remaining part of the year. Some 34 per cent respondents said that private investment cycle will get better in the last quarter of 2015/16 as compared to 19 per cent respondents who expected uptick in private sector investments and industrial activity in the previous survey.
The survey shows that a large number of respondents do not expect low commodity prices and public spending to benefit the economy in 2016.
Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief, India Today Group, of which Business Today is a part of, said low confidence levels over a long period of time creates a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. "The upcoming budget holds the key for the economy. The onus is on the finance minister and the prime minister to revive the dipping confidence levels. Unless measures are taken to spur growth and reduce bottlenecks to business, the confidence index will continue to dip."
Apr- Jan- Oct-Dec Jul-Sep June Mar Oct-Dec Jul-Sep Apr-June Jan-Mar Oct-Dec Jul-Sept Apr-June Jan-Mar Oct-Dec Jul-Sept Apr-Jun Jan-Mar Oct-Dec Jul-Sep Apr-Jun Jan-Mar 2015 2015 2015 2015 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 Overall Business confiden ce index 53.2 55.4 57.4 60.4 62.2 60.5 56.8 51.4 48.6 48.2 48.7 54.5 53.8 52.4 49.3 55.4 52.3 56.8 64.4 74.8 Business confiden ce index for Heavy Engineer ing 52.4 57.2 58.7 62.9 60.7 60 55.7 50.7 47.6 47.4 46.6 50.6 50.2 49.5 48.3 52.7 50.4 55.1 62.3 73.4 Business confiden ce index for Light industry 54.3 55.6 57.3 59.2 61.5 57.7 57.9 51.3 48.1 46.8 48.2 54.2 52.3 51.9 48.7 53.2 51.8 56.3 64.1 74.5 Business confiden ce index for Services 53.1 54.4 56.9 60.5 64.4 62.8 56.5 52.4 50.3 50.1 50.8 57.7 56.8 55.5 52.4 59.5 55.2 58.6 65.7 75.7
Business Confidence Index on a scale of 100
Business Today-C fore Business Confidence Survey, which is capturing the mood of corporate India, has become a bellwether of business and economic sentiment since its inception in January-March 2011. Market research agency C fore quizzed 500 CEOs and chief financial officers across 12 cities for the survey.
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