Wholesale price inflation eases to 7-month low of 2.48%

14 Mar 2018 | By Gogona Saikia
WPI slows for third consecutive month to 2.48%

Lower inflation in food and fuel took India's wholesale inflation in February to 2.48%, a seven-month low.

In January, the annual rate of inflation based on the monthly Wholesale Price Inflation stood at 2.84%. Last February, it was 5.5%.

The previous low of 1.88% was recorded in July.

Though inflation in food items slowed, core inflation (or inflation in non-food manufactured products) increased sharply.

In context: WPI slows for third consecutive month to 2.48%

14 Mar 2018Wholesale price inflation eases to 7-month low of 2.48%

DropInflation in food products eased in February

In February, inflation in food products eased from 3% in the previous month to 0.88%.

In vegetables, annual inflation slowed to 15.26% compared to 40.77% in January.

Rate of inflation in onions eased too, but there was a simultaneous rise in that of potatoes.

Inflation in pulses remained in the negative at -24.51%. Cereals, wheat and protein-rich items (egg, fish and meat) performed similarly.

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RiseCore WPI inflation rises to 42-month high of 3.9%

Inflation in fuel and power eased too, from 4.08% in January to 3.81% in February.

However, in manufactured items, it rose from 2.78% to 3.04%.

Core WPI inflation rose to a 42-month high of 3.9%, which "raises concerns regarding the sustainability of the subdued headline inflation print," said Aditi Nayar, principal economist at ICRA.

Earlier this week, government data put retail inflation at 5.07%.