India’s economic growth rate slowest for two years

India’s economy grew at its slowest pace for two years in the April to June quarter, according to official figures.

The growth rate slowed to an annual rate of 7.1%, compared with 7.9% in the previous quarter.

It is the slowest growth since the April to June quarter in 2014, when the rate was 6.7%.

Analyst Abhishek Upadhyay of ICICI Securities said growth “continues to be driven by government spending while private spending remains muted”.

The sharp slowdown in growth could make it more difficult for the government’s to reach its target of 8% in the year, although the country retained its claim to be the fastest-growing large economy, ahead of China.