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Food inflation dips marginally to 9.55%

business Updated: Sep 08, 2011 12:36 IST

Food inflation dipped marginally to 9.55% for the week ended Aug 27 year-on-year, coming down from the double-digit levels registered the previous week, according to official data released on Thursday.

In the week under review, prices of essential food items were still reigning on the higher side. Onions were 42% costlier, vegetable prices rose 22.42%, while fruits became dearer by 16.57%.

Food inflation had crept to 10.05% for the week ended Aug 20.

The primary articles index, which has a 20.12% weight in the wholesale price index, rose by 13.34% in the week under review as compared to 12.93% in the previous week, according to data released by the commerce and industry ministry.

The index for non-food articles rose 19.88% for the week ended Aug 20, while the indices for fuel and power increased 12.55%.

As high inflation continues to plague the country, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to hike interest rates once again. It has already done so 11 times since January 2010.

The headline inflation is still close to double digits, registered at 9.22% in August.