Separate index required to monitor services inflation: Parliamentary panel

Rising cost of services not fully reflected in CPI

by Natasha Nadkar

The Parliamentary standing committee on finance has asked the government to introduce a separate price index for the services sector. According to the committee report tabled in Parliament, accurate data on services inflation is crucial for understanding relative price movements and inter-sectoral terms of trade. The rising cost of education, healthcare, entertainment and transportation is not entirely reflected in CPI based inflation. The panel has hence recommended a separate and distinct index called ‘Business Service Price Index’ for better data on prices, production and quality of services.

References
1. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/set-up-index-to-monitor-services-inflation-parliamentary-panel-to-govt/articleshow/57716757.cms
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
4.3 -0.1
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
92.4 0.0
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
94.8 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
88.7 0.0
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Mar 16 Jun 16 Sep 16 Dec 16
New projects 3.31 1.54 2.34 1.41
Completed projects 2.27 0.90 2.17 0.85
Stalled projects 1.04 1.32 0.39 0.79
Revived projects 0.62 0.43 0.51 0.17
Implementation stalled projects 0.92 0.50 0.58 0.80
Updated on: 28 Mar 2017 4:20PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Mar 16 Jun 16 Sep 16 Dec 16
All listed Companies
 Income -0.2 -0.9 2.1 6.3
 Expenses 0.8 -0.3 1.9 6.7
 Net profit -29.7 -4.1 14.6 36.2
 PAT margin (%) 4.9 6.9 6.9 6.0
 Count of Cos. 4,452 4,409 4,366 4,313
Non-financial Companies
 Income -2.2 -2.5 0.6 6.1
 Expenses -4.0 -2.9 -0.2 7.6
 Net profit 3.9 9.6 26.6 20.3
 PAT margin (%) 6.1 7.4 6.9 6.1
 Net fixed assets 3.8 -9.2
 Current assets 3.1 8.1
 Current liabilities 10.6 11.6
 Borrowings 6.7 3.1
 Reserves & surplus 7.9 8.4
 Count of Cos. 3,485 3,456 3,424 3,394
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 28 Mar 2017 4:28PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16
All Companies
 Income 11.9 9.4 4.7 0.6
 Expenses 12.1 9.3 4.7 0.8
 Net profit 1.1 -4.2 3.4 -13.0
 PAT margin (%) 3.6 3.2 3.3 3.2
 Assets 14.1 12.3 9.0 7.9
 Net worth 9.5 9.5 8.3 6.4
 RONW (%) 6.8 6.0 6.2 5.5
 Count of Cos. 23,431 20,686 19,475 15,131
Non-financial Companies
 Income 11.1 9.0 3.7 -0.6
 Expenses 11.4 8.7 3.8 -1.4
 Net profit -8.7 -5.6 -2.2 12.8
 PAT margin (%) 2.4 2.1 2.2 2.9
 Net fixed assets 12.8 11.3 12.4 11.0
 Net worth 7.8 8.4 6.8 5.4
 RONW (%) 5.5 4.8 4.9 5.9
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0
 Interest cover (times) 2.0 1.9 1.9 2.1
 Net working capital cycle (days) 71 69 68 69
 Count of Cos. 18,019 16,227 15,305 12,140
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 20 Mar 2017 1:24PM

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