WPI inflation hits 10-month low, declines to 2.76% in January on softening prices of fuel, food items

New Delhi: Inflation based on wholesale prices fell to a 10-month low of 2.76 percent in January over the previous month on softening prices of fuel and some food items, according to government data released on Thursday.

The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation stood at 3.8 percent in December, 2018, and 3.02 percent in January 2018. WPI inflation stood at 2.74 per cent in March 2018.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Inflation in kitchen essentials like potato, onion, fruits, and milk softened in January over the previous month, the data revealed.

However, the rate of price rise in the food basket, as a whole, rose to 2.34 percent in the month under review compared with a deflation (-0.07 percent) in the previous month.

The retail inflation, released earlier this week, too declined marginally to 2.05 percent in January over the previous month on continued decline in food prices, including vegetables and eggs.

The WPI data further revealed that wholesale-based price inflation for 'fuel and power' segment fell sharply to 1.85 percent as against 8.38 percent in December 2018, due to easing in prices of motor fuel and LPG.

Also, there was decrease in inflation in manufactured products basket in spite of higher in some items like sugar and apparel.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which mainly factors in retail inflation based Consumer Price Index (CPI), had cut the key lending rate by 0.25 percent this month.

The decline in inflation may provide further head-room to the central bank to cut interest rate (repo) in coming months, experts said.

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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2019 13:11:47 IST

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