KATHMANDU , June 9: The year-on-year consumer price inflation has remained at 7.41 percent in 10 months of the current fiscal year, 2022/23.
This is against the government's target to keep consumer price inflation within the limit of seven percent, and against 7.87 percent during the same period in the previous FY, 2021/22.
According to the Current Macroeconomic and Financial Situation Report of Nepal (based on 10 months' data ending mid-May, 2023) released by the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) on Friday, the Balance of Payments remained at a surplus of Rs 214.67 billion in the review period as opposed to a deficit of Rs 288.50 billion in the same period of the previous FY.
Gross foreign exchange reserves increased 20.9 percent to Rs 1470.33 billion as compared to Rs 1215.80 billion during the same period in the previous FY. In the US dollar terms, the gross foreign exchange reserves surged 17.6 percent to 11.21 billion from 9.54 billion. Broad money increased 6.9 percent as compared to an increase of 3.8 percent in the corresponding period of the previous FY. On a year-on-year basis, broad money expanded 10.0 percent.
Remittance inflows surged 23.4 percent to Rs 1005.18 billion as compared to an increase of 0.5 percent in the same period of the previous FY. Merchandise imports decreased 16.8 percent to Rs 1335.32 billion against an increase of 28.0 percent during the corresponding period in the previous FY. Likewise, merchandise exports decreased 24.5 percent to Rs 130.90 billion against an increase of 59.8 percent.
Total trade deficit decreased 15.9 percent to Rs 1204.42 billion against an increment of 24.9 percent in the same period of the previous FY.
Total expenditure of the federal government has remained at Rs 1047.76 billion. The recurrent expenditure, capital expenditure and financial management expenditure amounted to Rs 786.74 billion, Rs 125.68 billion and Rs 135.34 billion respectively.
Likewise, deposits at Banks and Financial Institutions (BFIs) increased 7.3 percent to Rs 370.78 billion as opposed to a five percent increment to Rs 231.32 billion in the corresponding period of the previous FY. On a year-on-year basis, deposits at BFIs expanded 11.4 percent.
Private sector credit from BFIs surged 3.3 percent to Rs 153.17 billion as compared to a 13.4 percent increment to Rs 548.14 billion in the same period of the previous FY. On a year-on-year basis, credit to the private sector from BFIs increased 3.1 percent.