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Core inflation – the non-food non-fuel component of CPI basket – has also increased marginally after declining for four consecutive months, even as the headline numbers were rising.(PTI)

Vegetable prices up 60 percent, retail inflation hits 5-year high

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HTC and agencies
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 09:23 PM IST
Retail food prices, which make up nearly half of the India’s inflation basket, increased 14.12% in December from a year earlier, against 10.01% in November.
Blaming vegetable, meat and fish prices for the high food inflation, CARE Ratings Ltd chief economist Madan Sabnavis said that inflation should come down in January with the new onion crop in and prices moving down. (HT photo)
Blaming vegetable, meat and fish prices for the high food inflation, CARE Ratings Ltd chief economist Madan Sabnavis said that inflation should come down in January with the new onion crop in and prices moving down. (HT photo)

Retail inflation at 5-yr high, crosses RBI’s comfort zone on soaring food prices

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore & Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 06:45 PM IST
Core inflation – the non-food non-fuel component of CPI basket – has also increased marginally after declining for four consecutive months, even as the headline numbers were rising.
Price rise in essential goods over a long period hits those in lower income groups the hardest.(HT File Photo/ Representative image)
Price rise in essential goods over a long period hits those in lower income groups the hardest.(HT File Photo/ Representative image)

Rise in CPI: How it impacts you

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2019 10:43 AM IST
According to an SBI note, core CPI will go down and the headline CPI will increase, leading to convergence in coming months.
On Thursday, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India, which started its bimonthly meeting yesterday, will announce its decision on the policy rate(REUTERS)
On Thursday, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India, which started its bimonthly meeting yesterday, will announce its decision on the policy rate(REUTERS)

Will the RBI cut rates again?

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 08:35 PM IST
A decelerating economy in the midst of elections can create problems for the incumbent political party
India’s central bank has traditionally been conservative. That conservatism means it usually back-ends rate cuts — waiting for the macro and micro to turn conducive before reducing rates rather than doing so in anticipation. This time, it has front-ended the rate cut.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
India’s central bank has traditionally been conservative. That conservatism means it usually back-ends rate cuts — waiting for the macro and micro to turn conducive before reducing rates rather than doing so in anticipation. This time, it has front-ended the rate cut.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

Rate cut: RBI’s growth gamble

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 02:42 PM IST
While welcome, the central bank’s move to cut its policy rate by 0.25 percentage point, is a gamble of sorts. Or actually, three gambles, a radical development for an organisation that rarely, if at all, takes chances.
The rupee Monday weakened by 9 paise to close at 71.28 against the US dollar.(REUTERS)
The rupee Monday weakened by 9 paise to close at 71.28 against the US dollar.(REUTERS)

Rupee slips further, dips 9 paise to 71.28 against USD

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 09:51 AM IST
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market, the rupee opened lower at 71.38 and fell further to touch the day’s low of 71.53.
Modi has promised to double farm incomes by 2022. In his February budget, he pledged to boost farmers’ returns by increasing the government’s purchase prices for crops by more than 50% of the output cost.(PTI Photo)
Modi has promised to double farm incomes by 2022. In his February budget, he pledged to boost farmers’ returns by increasing the government’s purchase prices for crops by more than 50% of the output cost.(PTI Photo)

Modi’s MSP decision next week likely to set direction for interest rates

Bloomberg | By Subhadip Sircar
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2018 04:49 PM IST
Modi’s move will be key to the RBI’s next rate decision, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. A sharp increase may change the policy committee’s view of currently-benign food prices outlook and compound the pressures from core inflation.
Cutting prices through lowering taxes will entail a reduction in the fiscal resources available for spending. Persistence of high inflation will also lead to the risk of Minimum Support Prices before the elections(Bloomberg)
Cutting prices through lowering taxes will entail a reduction in the fiscal resources available for spending. Persistence of high inflation will also lead to the risk of Minimum Support Prices before the elections(Bloomberg)

High inflation can be a cause for worry for the government in an election year

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2018 05:36 PM IST
Higher cost of borrowing will dampen private investment, which can decelerate the process of economic recovery as elections come closer.
The RBI, which Bloomberg economists Tom Orlik and Justin Jimenez rate among the top 3 central banks that surprise the most, has a mandate to keep headline inflation around 4% in the medium term.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
The RBI, which Bloomberg economists Tom Orlik and Justin Jimenez rate among the top 3 central banks that surprise the most, has a mandate to keep headline inflation around 4% in the medium term.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

Track core inflation to predict RBI’s next move on interest rates

Bloomberg | By Anirban Nag
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 01:34 PM IST
Commentary from members of RBI’s rate-setting panel show they are more focused on core inflation -- the gauge that strips out volatile food and fuel components, than the headline inflation figure.
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