WPI Inflation hits 4-month high at 3.18% in April

Retail Inflation Inches Up to 4.58 Percent in April CPI on Decline Since A Year

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India's wholesale price inflation stood at 3.18% for the month of April 2018, corresponding to the same month in the preceding year, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Monday.

Under primary articles, the index of food articles group rose by 1.9 percent to 139.8 (provisional) from 137.2 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of tea (18%), peas/chawali (13%), fruits & vegetables (8%), fish-marine (4%) and pork, paddy and maize (1% each).

The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 3.18% (provisional) for the month of April, 2018 (over April, 2017) as compared to 2.47% (provisional) for the previous month and 3.85% during the corresponding month of the previous year.

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As per data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the rate of price rise in the protein rich items like meat and fish inched up in April to 3.59 percent, as against the previous month of 3.17 percent. Core inflation (manufactured products excluding foods products) was flat at 3.6% in April 2018.

For FSDH Research, inflation figure is expected to drop to 12.43% in April 2018 from 13.34% recorded in the month of March.

Fuel inflation, which has seen an uptick since July, grew at 5.24 percent in April as compared to 5.7 percent last month.

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The index for Manufacture of Other Transport Equipment group declined by 0.4 per cent to 110.2 from 110.6 for the previous month due to lower price of railway brake gear (4 per cent) and motorcycles (1 per cent).

Earlier in the day, the government released data on Inflation based on wholesale prices. However, potato showed the highest rise in price, at 67.94% in April 2018 as compared to April previous year. Going forward, increasing crude oil prices and their cascading impact would be one of the key worry areas for Indian economy, ?

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