India's current account balance returned to deficit territory in July-September 2021 due to a higher merchandise import bill, data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on December 31 showed.
The current account deficit in July-September 2021 was $9.6 billion as against a surplus of $6.6 billion in April-June 2021. In July-September 2020, the current account surplus was even larger at $15.3 billion.
In Q2FY22, India's merchandise trade deficit widened to $44.4 billion from $30.7 billion the previous quarter because of a 16.5 percent increase in imports to $149.3 billion, RBI data showed. This pushed the current account balance back into deficit.
"Net services receipts decreased marginally over the previous quarter but increased on a year-on-year basis, on the back of robust performance of the exports of computer and business services," the RBI added.
The services trade surplus for July-September 2021 was $25.6 billion, marginally lower than $25.8 billion in April-June 2021.