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Wholesale inflation drops to 2.02% in June, hits 23-month low

The decline in wholesale price-based inflation was helped by a drop in prices of vegetables, fuel and power items.

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New Delhi: Wholesale price-based inflation declined for the second consecutive month to its 23-month low of 2.02 per cent in June, helped by decline in prices of vegetables as well as fuel and power items, according to official data released Monday.

The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was at 2.45 per cent in May. It was 5.68 per cent in June 2018.

Inflation in food articles basket eased marginally to 6.98 per cent in June, from 6.99 per cent in May.

Vegetable inflation softened to 24.76 per cent in June, down from 33.15 per cent in the previous month. Inflation in potato was (-) 24.27 per cent, against (-) 23.36 per cent in May.

However, onion prices continued the rising trend with inflation at 16.63 per cent during the month, as against 15.89 per cent in May.

WPI inflation in June is the lowest in 23 months, since July 2017, when it was at 1.88 per cent.

Inflation in ‘fuel and power’ category cooled substantially to (-)2.20 per cent, from 0.98 per cent last month. Manufactured items too saw decline in prices with inflation at 0.94 per cent in June, against 1.28 per cent in May.

WPI inflation data for April has been revised upwards to 3.24 per cent from provisional 3.07 per cent.

Data released earlier this week showed that retail inflation spiked to a six-month high of 3.18 pc in June, on costlier food items.

The Reserve Bank, which mainly factors in retail inflation for monetary policy decision, on June 6, lowered its benchmark lending rate to nearly a nine-year low of 5.75 per cent, even as it upped its inflation projection to 3-3.1 per cent for the first half of 2019-20.

Flagging uncertain monsoon, unseasonal spike in vegetable prices, crude oil prices, financial market volatility and fiscal scenario as risks to inflation, the RBI projected upward bias in food inflation in near term.


Also read: Why low food inflation is a new headache for Modi govt in poll year


 

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1 COMMENT

  1. The MPC could use this to keep cutting rates, to support growth. However, this would be a good time for the economic team to conduct an honest review of how the first Budget has been received, how widely it is believed to have been a missed opportunity. Locking in another five years of indifferent economic growth is simply not an option. The buzz and excitement over India’s first lady FM has subsided almost completely. Ms Rupa Subramanya has tweeted how twenty years ago, the global buzz was all about China and how that holds true today as well. There was a genuine opportunity to inject India forcefully into the conversation. That has not happened so far.

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