WPI inflation at (-)0.73% in Dec

WPI inflation at (-)0.73% in Dec
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For the 14th month in a row, wholesale prices fell in December but the rate of decline at 0.73 per cent was the slowest in last one year as food prices shot up, indicating return of inflationary pressures ahead of RBI\'s monetary policy review. 

New Delhi : For the 14th month in a row, wholesale prices fell in December but the rate of decline at 0.73 per cent was the slowest in last one year as food prices shot up, indicating return of inflationary pressures ahead of RBI's monetary policy review. The Wholesale Price Index based inflation, which has remained in the negative zone since November 2014, has inched up in the last four months. It was (-)1.99 per cent in November.

In December 2014, however, it was (-)0.50 per cent. Food inflation shot up to 8.17 per cent in December as against 5.20 per cent in the previous month. Inflation in pulses and onion was 55.64 per cent and 25.98 per cent respectively. The rate of price rise in case of vegetables was 20.56 per cent during December and for fruits it was 0.76 per cent.

Industry body Ficci said continuation of the deflationary trend was an indication of weak demand in the economy. "We hope that the central bank will respond to the situation appropriately and take steps that would aid the process of industrial recovery." The Reserve Bank may also face pressure to reduce the key lending rate further as industrial production contracted by 3.2 per cent in November, its sharpest decline in four years.

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