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Wholesale inflation eases to 0.2% in Feb

It’s 0.27% in Jan; WPI-based inflation hovered in negative zone during Apr-Oct

WPI rises to 1.27% in April, 13-month high
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WPI rises to 1.27% in April, 13-month high

New Delhi: The wholesale price index (WPI)-based inflation eased in January to 0.2 per cent from 0.27 per cent in the preceding month. The WPI inflation was in the negative zone from April to October and had turned positive in November at 0.26 per cent. “The annual rate of inflation based on all India Wholesale Price Index (WPI) number is 0.20 per cent (provisional) for the month of February, 2024 (over February, 2023),” the Commerce and Industry ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Food inflation moved up marginally to 6.95 per cent in February from 6.85 per cent in January, data showed. Inflation in vegetables was 19.78 per cent, up from 19.71 in January. The WPI inflation in pulses was at 18.48 per cent in February compared to 16.06 in January. There was a decline in the prices of textiles, chemical and paper products as well as processed foods during the month.

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