Retail Inflation Moderates To 4.4 Percent In February
Inflation stood at 5.2 percent in December and 5.07 percent in January.
India’s retail inflation eased more than estimated, indicating that the seasonal disruptions and one-off items that had pushed inflation upwards to a 17-month high are now starting to turn.
CPI inflation in India rose 4.4 percent in February, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office on Monday, 12 March. Economists polled by Bloomberg had forecast retail inflation at 4.7 percent. Inflation stood at 5.2 percent in December and 5.07 percent in January.
Higher vegetable prices, especially the seasonal surge seen in onions and tomatoes, has pushed up retail inflation since June 2017 when it hit an all-time low. However, a fresh supply of tomatoes starting December-end, and onions starting March-end, is expected to pull prices lower.
Though prices eased in December, the seasonal food price moderation in winter was less than usual, the RBI noted in its February outlook.
- The consumer food price index rose 3.26 percent over last year compared to a 4.7 percent rise in January.
- Prices of pulses and products fell 17.35 percent year-on-year. Prices have softened for the fifteenth straight month.
- Fuel and light inflation stood at 6.8 percent compared to 7.73 percent in January.
- Housing inflation stood at 8.28 percent, compared to 8.33 percent in January.
- Prices of clothing and footwear went up five percent over last year compared to 4.94 percent in January.
(This article was first published on BloombergQuint.)
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