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Pranab expects inflation to moderate by March-end

Encouraged by a steep fall in food inflation to 8 %, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said the overall rate of price rise will moderate to around 6-7 % by March, 2012.

business Updated: Dec 01, 2011 14:29 IST

Encouraged by a steep fall in food inflation to 8 %, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said the overall rate of price rise will moderate to around 6-7 % by March, 2012.

"If this trend continues, perhaps we may have the year-end inflation at around 6-7 %," Mukherjee told reporters in New Delhi.

Headline inflation, which include prices of food items, besides manufactured products, fuel and non-food primary articles, is currently hovering near the double-digit mark.

Mukherjee made the statement while commenting on a sharp fall in food inflation to 8 % for the week ended November 19 from 9.01 % in the previous week.

"After the month of August, for the first time it (food inflation) has come down to 8 %... non-food inflation is steadily declining. In October 29, it was 6 % and now (its has) declined to 2.14 %," he said.

Inflation in the overall primary articles category stood at 7.74 % during the week ended November 19, as against 9.08 % in the previous week.

Inflation in non-food articles was recorded at 2.14 % during the week under review, as against 4.05 % in the previous week ended November 12.

The decline in the rate of price rise in food items is likely to provide some relief to the government and the Reserve Bank, which have been facing flak from all quarters for persistently high prices.

Headline inflation has been above the 9 %-mark since December, 2010. It stood at 9.73 % in October this year.

In its second quarterly review of the monetary policy last month, RBI said it expects inflation to remain elevated till December on account of the demand-supply mismatch before moderating to 7 % by March, 2012.