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Indian economy rides on growth momentum in Q2 2024 unrelenting from previous quarters



The Dun & Bradstreet Business Optimism Index records an increase of 4.2% (q-o-q) in Q2 2024


MUMBAI, India, April 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dun & Bradstreet Composite Business Optimism Index stands at 75.9 for Q2 2024, 4.2% higher compared to Q1 2024. Four out of six optimism indices have shown improvement with optimism for net profits at eight-quarter high. The Dun & Bradstreet Composite Business Optimism Index, which has been measuring the changing business sentiment of India Inc. since 2002, is a leading indicator for India's overall growth, with a correlation co-efficient of around 80% with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).



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Highlights 


  • Optimism for increase in net profits remains strong in Q2 2024, reaching the highest in 8 quarters.
  • Optimism for level of selling prices has recorded an improvement of 4 percentage points, reaching the highest value in 4 quarters.
  • Optimism for inventory levels has improved by 13 percentage points in Q2 2024, compared to previous quarter.
  • Optimism for fresh hiring of employees remains unchanged for three consecutive quarters.
  • Despite dipping by 2 percentage points, optimism for order book expansion remains high in Q2 2024, with 60% of respondents expecting an improvement in order books.
  • Food, beverages, and tobacco industries are the least optimistic on five out of six parameters.

Arun Singh, Global Chief Economist, Dun & Bradstreet, said, "The Indian economy continues its steady performance as economy gains steam gathered in previous quarters. Businesses are anticipating continued policy alignment, supporting the higher optimism with index growing by 4.2% (q-o-q) for Q2 2024. Businesses benefitted from lower input prices, and sustaining consumer confidence. This reflects in higher optimism for selling prices, inventory levels, and net profit. With 8-quarter high optimism for profitability, businesses seem well placed to augment private capital expenditure due to strong cash flow generation. Sales outlook also remain undeterred, additionally supported by the pickup of external demand with record-high merchandise exports in February 2024. Nonetheless, firms continue to hold a cautious stance in terms of stagnant optimism level for fresh hirings from last three quarters as well as marginal dip in new orders. The caution stems from the uncertainties associated with global economic outlook and supply chain pressures. Businesses await fresh macro indicators and moderation in interest rate regime before placing longer term resource commitments."


Key findings from the Q2 2024 survey


The optimism for increase in volume of sales has improved by 1 percentage point in Q2 2024, compared to previous quarter. Professional and administrative services are the most optimistic, while the capital goods manufacturing sector is the least optimistic on this parameter.


The optimism for increase in net profits has improved by 6 percentage points in Q2 2024, compared to Q1 2024. Professional and administrative service sector is the most optimistic, while the food, beverages and tobacco manufacturing sector is the least optimistic with respect to increase in net profits on quarterly basis.


The optimism for increase in level of selling prices has improved by 4 percentage points on quarterly basis in Q2 2024. The electricals, electronics and hardware manufacturing sector is the most optimistic on this parameter, while the food, beverages and tobacco manufacturing sector is the least optimistic regarding increase in level of selling prices compared to previous quarter.


The optimism for increase in new orders has declined by 2 percentage points in Q2 2024, compared to Q1 2024. Professional and administrative service sector is the most optimistic, while the food, beverages and tobacco manufacturing sector is the least optimistic regarding order book expansion on quarterly basis.


The optimism for inventory levels has moved up by 13 percentage points in Q2 2024, compared to Q1 2024. The automobile manufacturing sector is the most optimistic on this parameter, while the food, beverages and tobacco manufacturing sector is the least optimistic regarding inventory levels on quarterly basis.


The optimism for increase in hiring of employees has remain unchanged in Q2 2024, compared to previous quarter. Mining sector is the most optimistic, while the food, beverages and tobacco manufacturing sector is the least optimistic regarding the fresh hiring of employees, compared to previous quarter.


Notes to Editors


The Business Optimism Index (BOI) is a quarterly survey-based index designed to measure the pulse of the Indian business community across India and has served as a reliable indicator of economy. Dun & Bradstreet surveys respondents (senior management) pan India across Manufacturing and Services sector, covering businesses of varying scale (large, medium and small) to calculate the BOI. Respondents are asked about their expectations (in terms of increase, decrease, or no change) regarding their company's performance (Six BOI Parameters) in the ensuing quarter over the same quarter in the previous year.


About Dun & Bradstreet


Dun & Bradstreet, a leading global provider of business decisioning data and analytics, enables companies around the world to improve their business performance. Dun & Bradstreet's Data Cloud fuels solutions and delivers insights that empower customers to accelerate revenue, lower cost, mitigate risk and transform their businesses. Since 1841, companies of every size have relied on Dun & Bradstreet to help them manage risk and reveal opportunity. For more information on Dun & Bradstreet, please visit www.dnb.com.


Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India Private Limited is headquartered in Mumbai and provides clients with data-driven products and technology-driven platforms to help them take faster and more accurate decisions in domains of finance, risk, compliance, information technology and marketing. Working towards Government of India's vision of creating an Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India) by supporting the Make in India initiative, Dun & Bradstreet India has a special focus on helping entrepreneurs enhance their visibility, increase their credibility, expand access to global markets, and identify potential customers & suppliers, while managing risk and opportunity.


India is also the home to Dun & Bradstreet Technology & Corporate Services LLP, which is the Global Capabilities Center (GCC) of Dun & Bradstreet supporting global technology delivery using cutting-edge technology. Located at Hyderabad, the GCC has a highly-skilled workforce of over 500 employees, and focuses on enhanced productivity, economies of scale, consistent delivery processes and lower operating expenses.


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