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WPI inflation falls to 3-mth low

Moderation in food prices pushes wholesale inflation down to 0.27% in Jan

WPI inflation edges up to 3.36 pc in June

WPI inflation edges up to 3.36 pc in June

New Delhi: The wholesale price index (WPI)-based inflation eased to a three-month low of 0.27 per cent in January, mainly due to moderation of food prices, including vegetables. The WPI inflation was in the negative zone from April to October and had turned positive in November at 0.39 per cent. In January 2023, it was at 4.8 per cent and in December 2023 it was 0.73 per cent.

“The annual rate of inflation based on the All India Wholesale Price Index (WPI) number is 0.27 per cent (provisional) for the month of January, 2024 (over January, 2023),” the commerce and industry ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The previous low level of WPI inflation was recorded in October 2023, when it was (-) 0.26 per cent. In January, food inflation declined to 6.85 per cent, from 9.38 per cent in December 2023. Within food articles, inflation in vegetables eased to 19.71 per cent from 26.3 per cent in December. Inflation in potatoes was in the negative zone. The prices of fruits, eggs, milk, fish, and milk have eased. In the fuel and power segment, inflation was (-) 0.51 per cent in January, as against (-) 2.41 per cent in December 2023.

In manufactured products, inflation was (-) 1.13 per cent, as against (-) 0.71 per cent in the previous month. The Reserve Bank in its bi-monthly monetary policy earlier month held interest rates steady with a view to bring down Consumer Price Index (CPI) or retail inflation at 4 per cent. Retail inflation still rules over 5 per cent. As per government data, the month-over-month change in WPI index for January, 2024 stood at (-) 0.33 per cent, as compared to December, 2023. The index for primary particles declined by 1.04 per cent to 181 in January, 2024 from 182.9 for December.

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