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Indian workers and brokers gather outside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) to celebrate the benchmark 30-share index SENSEX crossing 34,000 points in Mumbai on December 26, 2017. Indian shares on December 26 ended with record highs, buoyed by gains in telecom stocks, as the benchmark BSE index Sensex breached 34,000 points for the first time. Meanwhile Nifty on the National Stock Exchange closed at an all-time high of 10,531.50 points. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE

India is set to overtake the United Kingdom and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy next year, a report said Tuesday.

Currently ranked seventh, India will move up to fifth place in 2018 and vault to third spot by 2032, the Centre for Economics and Business Research, a London-based consultancy, said in its annual rankings.

The Indian economy hit a three-year low in the first quarter of the current financial year, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s snap decision in November 2016 to scrap high-value banknotes and following a tax overhaul.

Growth slumped to 5.7 percent for the three months ending June but recovered slightly to 6.3 percent for the quarter ending September.

“Despite temporary setbacks… India’s economy has still caught up with that of France and the UK and in 2018 will have overtaken them both to become the world’s fifth largest economy in dollar terms,” said CEBR deputy chairman Douglas McWilliams.

Cheap energy and a digital revolution will drive economic growth globally, the report said. The world’s growth will be dominated by Asian economies, including India, China and Japan.

The United States, the world’s largest economy, will be overtaken by China in 2030, the report forecast, adding India would take that spot “at some time in the second half of this century”.

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