Dip in food & fuel prices eases WPI inflation

A dip in food and fuel prices decelerated the rise in India’s annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 2.84 per cent in January, official data showed on Thursday.

The data on wholesale price index (WPI) furnished by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed that the rate of inflation had risen by 3.58 per cent in December 2017 and 4.26 per cent during the corresponding month last year.

On a sequential basis, the expenses on primary articles, which constitute 22.62 per cent of the WPI’s total weightage, edged higher by 2.37 per cent, from an increase of 3.86 per cent in December 2017.

Similarly, the prices of food articles dipped. The category has a weightage of 15.26 per cent in the WPI index. It rose by three per cent from an acceleration of 4.72 per cent reported for December 2017.

In addition, the cost on fuel and power category, which commands a 13.15 per cent weightage in the index increased at a slower pace of 4.08 per cent from a growth of 9.16 per cent.

However, expenses on manufactured products registered a rise of 2.78 per cent from 2.61 per cent.

On a year-on-year (YoY) basis, onion prices soared higher by 193.89 per cent and for potatoes by 8.68 per cent.

The overall vegetable prices in January rose by 40.77 per cent, against a fall of (-)23.49 per cent in the same month a year ago.

Further, the data revealed that wheat became cheaper by (-)6.94 per cent on a YoY basis and the prices of pulses came down by (-)30.43 per cent, but paddy became dearer by 4.59 per cent.

The protein-based food items such as eggs, meat and fish became marginally expensive by 0.37 per cent during the month.



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