India becomes world’s fifth largest economy

Mon 19/09/2022 by Richard Wilkinson
A man collecting grapes in an field in India. Copyright: Mersel.

India surpassed the UK to become the world’s fifth largest economy in the last quarter of 2021, according to a Bloomberg report. India extended its lead, calculated in US dollars, in the first quarter of 2022, according to GDP figures from the International Monetary Fund.

The British economy is in decline, with output expected to shrink further over the coming months, whereas India is the world’s fastest growing economy and domestic demand is booming. Forecasts indicate the Indian economy will grow by over 7% this year. The UK, meanwhile, faces its highest inflation in four decades and could sink into a recession that may last well into 2024.


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