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Inflation eases a tad, but RBI may just pause

business Updated: Dec 15, 2011 03:00 IST
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Inflation figures turned a tad benign on Wednesday, but expect no more than a pause in RBI’s relentless control of money supply through policy interest rate hikes when it holds a credit policy review meeting on Friday.

Prices are still not out of worry zone, though calls for a rate cut have grown louder after factory output data this week showed a contraction.

While inflation eased to 9.11% in November from 9.73% in October, it still remained at much above the threshold level. "Sustained high level of inflation that has been a major policy concern is now beginning to moderate," finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

Captains of industry made a strong pitch for cutting policy rates.

“IIP numbers reflect we are stagnant now,” said JJ Irani, former director, Tata Sons. “RBI and government need to face this issue.”