RBI Forecasts 9.5 Per Cent Plunge In Real GDP In FY 2020-21, Rural Demand To Lead Recovery

As the economy somewhat stabilises after a 23.9 per cent plunge in the GDP in the April-June quarter marred by the nationwide lockdown, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday (9 October) said that the deep contractions of Q1 are behind us and the real GDP may decline by 9.5 per cent in the financial year 2020-21.

Addressing the media after the Monetary Policy Committee’s meeting, the RBI Governor has said that the modest recovery in various high-frequency indicators in September 2020 could strengthen further in the second half of 2020-21 with progressive unlocking of economic activity.

“Agriculture and allied activities could well lead the revival by boosting rural demand, ” he added.

Das said that relative to pre-Covid levels, several high frequency indicators are pointing to the easing of contractions in various sectors of the economy and the emergence of impulses of growth.

“By all indications,

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Powell to cast recovery as improving, yet highly uncertain, in testimony before lawmakers

Still, with about half of the 22 million payroll jobs lost in March and April still off the books, Powell’s statement suggests the rise in joblessness has been especially severe for low-wage workers, women and people of color.

“A full recovery is likely to come only when people are confident that it is safe to reengage in a broad range of activities,” according to Powell’s written statement. “The path forward will depend on keeping the virus under control, and on policy actions taken at all levels of government.”

Powell is scheduled to testify at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday alongside Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Both will also appear on Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee to give updates on the Cares Act, the federal coronavirus aid bill passed in March.

Powell is likely to get questions from lawmakers on the Fed’s Main Street lending program, which has become the focus of an

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US Housing Recovery Continues In August, New Home Sales Up 4.8%

New home sales were better than expected in the United States but the growth was not evenly distributed across regions


Olivier DOULIERY

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New US home sales came in well above forecasts in August with a 4.8 percent gain, as the housing market continues to recover from the coronavirus downturn, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

August’s annualized rate of just over one million sales, seasonally adjusted, came after the upwardly revised annual rate of 965,000 sales reported in July and underscores how housing has managed to climb back from the hit taken during the Covid-19 downturn.

The growth was however not spread evenly, with month-on-month sales surging in the South 13.4 percent, and climbing 5.0 percent in the North, but declining slightly in the West and by a massive 21.4 percent in the Midwest.

“Home sales are well supported by solid demand and a favorable interest rate environment,”

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Do-it-Yourself Home Improvement Retailing Market in Europe| Insights on the Crisis and the Roadmap to Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic| Technavio

Lumber and landscape management to contribute the largest market share in the do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market in Europe

The do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market in Europe to register an incremental growth of USD 25.41 billion, witnessing a CAGR of almost 3% during 2020-2024, according to latest market research analysis by Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market in Europe in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Home Improvement Retailing Market in Europe 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

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The do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market in Europe will witness a Negative and Inferior impact during

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COVID-19 Recovery Analysis: Ceramic Sanitary Ware Market | Increasing Expenditure on Bathroom Remodeling to boost Market Growth

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Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 50%

Is it time for the bears to break out the champagne glasses? Not so fast, says Goldman Sachs. Volatility has ruled the Street for the last few weeks, leading some to conclude that those with a more pessimistic outlook had been vindicated, but the firm believes stocks can still climb higher.According to Goldman Sachs’ head of U.S. equity strategy, David Kostin, the S&P 500 could still hit 3,600 by the end of the year, and 3,800 by mid-2021, on the back of vaccine-related optimism and progress with the economic reopening. This would reflect gains of 10% and 16%, respectively, should the index ultimately reach these targets.“Despite the sharp sell-off in the past week, we remain optimistic about the path of the U.S. equity market in coming months. The Superforecaster probability of a mass-distributed vaccine by Q1

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