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Vegetable prices fell by 11.7% in August, making it the ninth consecutive month of disinflation.(HT File)

Retail inflation eases to four-month low in Aug

By Roshan Kishore, Hindustan Times. New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2021 02:32 AM IST
  • Experts believe that the economy’s inflation potential is still elevated
Inflation is a critical component for bond returns, as shown by the slide in global government debt in January as the Biden administration announced it would roll out $1.9 trillion of additional US stimulus. (Representative Image)(Bloomberg)
Inflation is a critical component for bond returns, as shown by the slide in global government debt in January as the Biden administration announced it would roll out $1.9 trillion of additional US stimulus. (Representative Image)(Bloomberg)

Toothless inflation threats could mean emerging market debt boom

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:24 AM IST
After the securities narrowing their yield spread over Group-of-Seven debt by 100 basis points since a 2018 peak, a long-term disinflationary backdrop should see that theme persist for many years to come.
Jeremy Grantham envisions a collapse rivaling the 1929 crash or the dot-com bust of 2000, when the Nasdaq Composite Index plunged almost 80% in 31 months.(Reuters file photo)
Jeremy Grantham envisions a collapse rivaling the 1929 crash or the dot-com bust of 2000, when the Nasdaq Composite Index plunged almost 80% in 31 months.(Reuters file photo)

Grantham warns of Joe Biden stimulus further inflating epic bubble

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:38 PM IST
Data show risk-taking exploded following the last round of pandemic-relief checks.
People carrying bundles of vegetables during lockdown, in Azadpur Mandi in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
People carrying bundles of vegetables during lockdown, in Azadpur Mandi in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

MPC hindered by rising inflation, growth dilemma

Mint, Mumbai | By Gopika Gopakumar
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:15 AM IST
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said that a premature tightening of the monetary and liquidity policies would jeopardise the nascent recovery, possibly referring to calls for a liquidity mop-up from certain quarters.
A vendor sells vegetables at a retail market in Kolkata.(Reuters File Photo)
A vendor sells vegetables at a retail market in Kolkata.(Reuters File Photo)

Current phase in 3 points as inflation eases to 6.93%

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:08 AM IST
Wholesale inflation, measured by the wholesale price index (WPI), in the month of November increased marginally to 1.55% from its October value of 1.48%. WPI is at the highest level since February 2020 and it has been rising continuously since June.
While cereal prices may continue to soften with the bumper kharif harvest arrivals and vegetable prices may ease with the winter crop. according to RBI.(HT File Photo)
While cereal prices may continue to soften with the bumper kharif harvest arrivals and vegetable prices may ease with the winter crop. according to RBI.(HT File Photo)

Retail inflation falls, WPI at 9-month high

By Asit Ranjan Mishra
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 11:07 AM IST
Separately, data released by the industry department on Monday showed wholesale price inflation inching to a nine-month high at 1.55% in November as inflation for manufactured items accelerated.
A vegetable vendor awaits customers while arranging onions in his cart at a market in Prayagraj.(AP photo)
A vegetable vendor awaits customers while arranging onions in his cart at a market in Prayagraj.(AP photo)

India’s retail inflation eases in November, is still above RBI’s 4% benchmark

New Delhi, Delhi | By Zia Haq | Edited by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 02:11 AM IST
Wholesale prices, however, climbed to their highest level since February due to costlier manufactured items, rising 1.55 per cent in November from 1.48 per cent in the previous month, data released separately showed.
A vendor sells vegetables at a retail market in Kolkata.(Reuters)
A vendor sells vegetables at a retail market in Kolkata.(Reuters)

WPI inflation at 9-month high of 1.55% in Nov on costlier manufactured items, food prices ease

New Delhi, Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 01:17 PM IST
The annual wholesale price index rose in November, mainly because of an increase in prices of manufacturing items in the festival season
The increase in the producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, followed bigger gains of 0.3% in October and 0.4% in September.(AFP File Photo)
The increase in the producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, followed bigger gains of 0.3% in October and 0.4% in September.(AFP File Photo)

Inflation still a no-show, US wholesale prices up just 0.1%

Associated Press | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2020 09:48 PM IST
In the report on wholesale prices, the cost of food was up 0.5% after a 2.4% gain in October. Energy costs rose 1.2% after a 0.8% tick higher in November.
Tame inflation has been a hallmark of the pandemic, as the coronavirus has curbed demand for services, which make up about 60% of the overall CPI and 75% of the core measure.(Reuters)
Tame inflation has been a hallmark of the pandemic, as the coronavirus has curbed demand for services, which make up about 60% of the overall CPI and 75% of the core measure.(Reuters)

US inflation measure rose by more than forecast in November

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 08:20 PM IST
The consumer price index rose 0.2% from the prior month after no change in October, Labor Department data showed Thursday. Compared with a year earlier, the gauge rose 1.2%. The core index, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, also advanced 0.2% from the prior month and increased 1.6% from a year earlier.
The central bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC), however, kept the repo rate unchanged at 4%.(File photo for representation)
The central bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC), however, kept the repo rate unchanged at 4%.(File photo for representation)

Recovering growth, rising inflation puts rates on hold

Livemint, Mumbai | By Gopika Gopakumar
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 04:53 AM IST
The Reserve Bank of India on Friday pledged to retain an accommodative policy stance well into the next financial year to support a nascent economic recovery.
Officials said they do not see inflation softening immediately as oil prices have jumped by over $7 a barrel in just one month.(Mint photo)
Officials said they do not see inflation softening immediately as oil prices have jumped by over $7 a barrel in just one month.(Mint photo)

MPC likely to hold policy rates as oil prices may spike inflation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 09:55 AM IST
It appears that the immediate priority of the RBI is to tame inflation rather than to boost growth
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seal is pictured on a gate outside the RBI headquarters in Mumbai, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui(Reuters file photo)
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seal is pictured on a gate outside the RBI headquarters in Mumbai, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui(Reuters file photo)

India rate cuts bets fall as recovery gains hold, inflation stays high

Mumbai | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 01:41 PM IST
With inflation staying above 7% in October for a second straight month, well above the RBI’s medium term target of 4%, views that India is near the end of the current rate cutting cycle have become more pronounced.
Combined (rural and urban) food price inflation rose 11.07% in October on the back of costlier onions, potatoes and other vegetables, up from 9.73% in September, the data showed. (HT Photo)
Combined (rural and urban) food price inflation rose 11.07% in October on the back of costlier onions, potatoes and other vegetables, up from 9.73% in September, the data showed. (HT Photo)

Retail inflation at a six-year high of 7.61%

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 12:21 AM IST
The country’s consumer-price index - a measure of what households pay for everyday items, including fuel, clothing and electricity - is now at its highest level since May 2014, fuelled by persistent high food prices.
A vegetable vendor awaits customers while arranging onions in his cart at a market in Prayagraj.(AP)
A vegetable vendor awaits customers while arranging onions in his cart at a market in Prayagraj.(AP)

Inflation, low interest rates affect savings

Livemint | By Shayan Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 06:14 AM IST
This has created an alarming situation for households that are already facing growing financial insecurity as a result of the widespread disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) showed that the rate of price rise in the food basket was 10.68% in September against 9.05% in August.(AP Photo)
Data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) showed that the rate of price rise in the food basket was 10.68% in September against 9.05% in August.(AP Photo)

Retail inflation rises to 8-month high in Sept over high food items

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 06:35 PM IST
In August, the retail inflation, which is measured by the consumer price index (CPI), grew 6.69%. It was powered by an increase in the price of food as well as transport and mobile phone bills.
The proposed additional expenditure suggests that the exercise is a post-facto approval for the announcements which were made by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the month of May.(PTI photo)
The proposed additional expenditure suggests that the exercise is a post-facto approval for the announcements which were made by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the month of May.(PTI photo)

Govt seeks additional spending of Rs 2.35 lakh crore

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal and Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 02:49 AM IST
A research note by Pranjul Bhandari, chief economist at HSBC Securities and Capital Markets India Pvt. Ltd calculated the additional fiscal impact of the government’s package at Rs 2.1 lakh crore.
August is the third consecutive month when potato inflation has clocked a number higher than 50%.(PTI file)
August is the third consecutive month when potato inflation has clocked a number higher than 50%.(PTI file)

Retail inflation grew at 6.7% in August

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 02:45 AM IST
The number was 0.04 percentage points lower than in July, but still higher than the upper bound of the Reserve Bank of India’s comfort level, 6% -- the fifth time in as many months that it has exceeded this.
Retail inflation in August stood at 6.69%.(AP File Photo)
Retail inflation in August stood at 6.69%.(AP File Photo)

Retail inflation at 6.69% in August, marginally down from 6.73% in July

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 06:09 PM IST
August’s consumer price index (CPI)-based inflation rate was lower than the 6.73% registered in July.
It was at minus 0.58 per cent in July, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
It was at minus 0.58 per cent in July, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Wholesale inflation rises to 0.16% in August

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 01:20 PM IST
The index for primary articles with a weightage of 22.62 per cent increased by 1.81 per cent to 146.3 in August from 143.7 in July. Prices of minerals increased by 10.21 per cent, crude petroleum and natural gas by 4.72 per cent, non-food articles by 3.06 per cent and food articles by 0.93 per cent.
Wholesale price-based inflation declined 0.58 per cent in July.(HT File Photo)
Wholesale price-based inflation declined 0.58 per cent in July.(HT File Photo)

Retail inflation to come down with easing of lockdowns: CEA

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2020 06:12 PM IST
There are fears that retail inflation would remain at an elevated level during the rest of the year limiting the scope for the RBI to further ease the benchmark interest rate.
People shop for fish at a market in Kolkata, India. At a time when the economy is in a contraction phase and producers are perhaps sitting with unprecedented levels of idle capacity, households expect inflation to grow in double digits in the future.(AP)
People shop for fish at a market in Kolkata, India. At a time when the economy is in a contraction phase and producers are perhaps sitting with unprecedented levels of idle capacity, households expect inflation to grow in double digits in the future.(AP)

Inflation, monetary policy and growth

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 03:46 PM IST
What does one make of the fact that households’ inflation expectations have remained at 6% plus levels over the last four years? Does it mean that the Indian economy has been facing persistent excess demand?
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das suggested giving it time for past interest rate cuts take effect.(ANI File Photo)
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das suggested giving it time for past interest rate cuts take effect.(ANI File Photo)

Inflation a major concern for MPC

Mint, Mumbai | By Gopika Gopakumar
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 08:22 AM IST
India’s retail inflation accelerated to 6.93% in July from 6.23% in June, remaining above the MPC’s target range of 2-6%, while food inflation rose to 9.62%.
Inflation in food articles during July stood at 4.08 per cent, as against 2.04 per cent in June.(HT file photo)
Inflation in food articles during July stood at 4.08 per cent, as against 2.04 per cent in June.(HT file photo)

WPI inflation falls 0.58 per cent in July, even as food prices spike

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2020 01:29 PM IST
“The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI (Wholesale Price Index), stood at (- 0.58 per cent) (provisional) for the month of July, 2020 as compared to 1.17 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year,” the commerce and industry ministry said in a statement.
People buy vegetables from Wadgaonsheri vegetable market ahead of lockdown in Pune(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)
People buy vegetables from Wadgaonsheri vegetable market ahead of lockdown in Pune(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)

India’s retail inflation for July rises 6.93% as food prices climb nearly 10%

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 07:50 PM IST
The consumer price index in July rose 6.9%, while food items became nearly 10% costlier, data from the ministry of statistics showed Thursday.
Food inflation in June increased by 7.87 per cent, according to Consumer Price Index (CPI) data.(HT Photo)
Food inflation in June increased by 7.87 per cent, according to Consumer Price Index (CPI) data.(HT Photo)

Retail inflation at 6.09% in June due to higher prices of food items

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 08:16 PM IST
The inflation figures are based on data collected from limited markets in view of the restrictions imposed on account of coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation said in a release.
In March, rural inflation at 6.09% stood higher than urban inflation at 5.66% while fuel inflation marginally rose to 6.59% from 6.36% in February.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
In March, rural inflation at 6.09% stood higher than urban inflation at 5.66% while fuel inflation marginally rose to 6.59% from 6.36% in February.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

March retail inflation eases to four-month low of 5.91%

Livemint, New Delhi | By Asit Ranjan Mishra
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2020 06:25 AM IST
Food inflation declined from 10.81% in February to 8.76% in March because of falling onion prices, shows data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Monday.
The recovery in factory output was led by a pick-up in manufacturing activity which grew at 1.5% .(Bloomberg File Photo)
The recovery in factory output was led by a pick-up in manufacturing activity which grew at 1.5% .(Bloomberg File Photo)

India’s factory output up in January, February retail inflation eases

Livemint, New Delhi | By Asit Ranjan Mishra
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 06:53 AM IST
The items that registered the steepest rise in January include active pharmaceutical ingredients; mild steel slabs; separators including decanter centrifuge; electric heaters and steel pipes and tubes.
A vegetable vendor awaits customers while arranging onions in his cart at a market.(AP photo)
A vegetable vendor awaits customers while arranging onions in his cart at a market.(AP photo)

Retail inflation cools to 6.58 per cent in February

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 08:04 PM IST
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) based retail inflation, however, still continues to rule above the comfort level of the Reserve Bank of India.
With markets reeling from the coronavirus outbreak, the Fed last week made its first emergency rate cut since 2008, slashing the key interest rate by a half point to a range of 1.0-1.25 percent.(REUTERS)
With markets reeling from the coronavirus outbreak, the Fed last week made its first emergency rate cut since 2008, slashing the key interest rate by a half point to a range of 1.0-1.25 percent.(REUTERS)

As coronavirus hits, US inflation largely absent in February

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2020 07:38 PM IST
The increase in the seasonally adjusted consumer price index of just 0.1 percent shows inflation is not a concern for the world’s largest economy, and bolsters the US Federal Reserve’s aversion to high interest rates.
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