Gold duty hike 'tackles the symptom, not the cause'

Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:21am IST

A shopkeeper displays gold jewellery inside his showroom in Jammu September 15, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Gupta/Files

A shopkeeper displays gold jewellery inside his showroom in Jammu September 15, 2008.

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Reuters Market Eye - Nomura says India's hike in the gold import tax will only shift gold shipments to "unofficial channels".

"Therefore, in our view imposing import duty tackles the symptom, not the cause," Nomura says in a note.

India's gold imports likely to ease to $44 billion in fiscal 2014 from an estimated $48.3 billion in fiscal 2013 in value terms, marking a 0.2 percentage point drop, Nomura estimates.

Nomura says current account deficit could moderate to 4.3 percent of GDP in FY14 from an estimated 4.9 percent in FY13, "remaining above sustainable levels," due to high oil prices and continued domestic supply-side constraints that boost imports.

(Reporting by Subhadip Sircar)

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