(New York Times) India had seemed tantalizingly close to embarking on the same dash for economic growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in China and across East Asia.
Its economy now stands in disarray, with the prospect of worse to come in the next few months.
Vinod Vanigota, a Mumbai wholesaler of imported computer hard drives, said sales dropped by a quarter in the last two weeks. The rupee, India's currency, has been so volatile in recent days that he began revising his price lists every half-hour.
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Business activity at Chip Com Traders, where he is the managing director and co-owner, has slowed so sharply that trucking companies plead for business. "One of the companies called today and said, ‘Don't you have a parcel of any sort for us to deliver today?' " Mr. Vanigota said.