Credit growth at 13.34 pc for January 1 fortnight

According to data released by the RBI on Wednesday credit offtake increased by 13.34 per cent at Rs 29,95,396 crore compared to Rs 26,42,774 crore in the year-ago period.

In absolute term, credit expansion was to the tune of Rs 3,52,622 crore.

In this fortnight, credit growth has been higher compared to the previous fortnights.
For the fortnight ending December 18, credit offtake increased by 11.08 per cent at Rs 29,20,759 crore compared to Rs 26,29,253 crore in the year-ago period, while it was over 10 per cent for the two previous fortnights.

According to analysts, with a pick-up in industrial growth, credit off-take should rise in the remaining months of the current fiscal.

"With the economic activities increasing, credit growth is likely to increase from here onwards. I expect it around 15 per cent by March," rating agency Crisil Principal Economist D K Joshi said.

According to HDFC Bank chief economist Abheek Barua, credit growth is likely to rise to 15-16 per cent by March.

Normally, the second half of a fiscal is expected to be a busy season and the credit offtake should increase, otherwise it could in the way of of the economic revival.The economy grew by 7.9 per cent in the second quarter of the fiscal, beating street expectations and fuelling hope that the economy on the upswing. In the first quarter, the growth stood at 6.1 per cent.

Industrial growth has gathered pace with factory production rising 11.7 per cent in November 2009, fuelled by stimulus-backed demand for manufactured goods, particularly consumer goods.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has pegged the economic growth for the current fiscal at 7.75 per cent.

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