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India's retail inflation eases slightly in April, surge in food prices continues

Annual retail inflation in April was 4.83%, down from 4.85% in March.

Food inflation, which accounts for nearly half of the overall consumer price basket, rose 8.70% in April.(File)
Published on May 13, 2024 06:34 PM IST
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Inflation moderating, but can't discount risks ahead

Inflation management is a battle policymakers are more likely to lose because of climate or geopolitical shocks than textbook demand-supply imbalances.

At 4.9% in March compared to 5.1% in February, the retail inflation elephant, to use RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das's analogy, continues to walk towards the forest. (MINT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 11:45 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

India's retail inflation drops down to 10-month low at 4.85 percent in March

Easing down to a 10-month low, India's retail inflation for the month of March stood at 4.85 percent, as opposed to 5.09 percent last month.

India's retail inflation at a 10-month low. (MINT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 07:40 PM IST

Number Theory: Making sense of latest CPI and WPI numbers

The numbers show that the future trajectory of inflation, and the prospect of an interest rate cut, is contingent on the prospect of farm prices coming down

A farmer harvests vegetables at Marh village, outskirts of Jammu.(AP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 07:34 PM IST

Food inflation limits choices before RBI

The headline number staying unchanged suggests that the MPC’s tone will also remain the same.

Retail inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), for February was on expected lines at 5.1%. (MINT_PRINT)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 09:14 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Retail inflation almost unchanged at 5.09% in Feb against 5.1% in Jan: Govt

The Reserve Bank of India has been tasked by the government to ensure retail inflation remains at 4 per cent with a margin of 2 per cent on either side

Retail inflation in the food basket was at 8.66 per cent in February, marginally up from 8.3 per cent in the previous month.
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Food concerns in inflation data

The numbers justify the RBI Monetary Policy Committee’s conservatism on interest rates

The MPC has been highlighting the threat of food price pressures spilling over into general prices, which it has underlined, can undo the gains on the inflation management front.(PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 13, 2024 09:40 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Retail inflation eases to 5.10% in January: Govt data

Retail inflation eases to 5.10% in January: Govt data.

In August, wholesale inflation was 11.39%. (MINT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 05:37 PM IST

RBI pegs FY25 growth at 7%, inflation at 4.5%

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept the policy rate unchanged for the sixth consecutive time, citing global uncertainty and the need to bring down retail inflation to 4%. The RBI expects GDP growth in the next financial year to be at 7%. The tone of the Monetary Policy Committee's resolution was hawkish, which suggests a delay in rate cuts. The RBI has prioritized inflation targeting over growth due to geopolitical risks and supply-side shocks to food inflation. Despite strong economic growth, the central bank remains cautious about inflation risks.

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das addresses a press conference on monetary policy in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Retail inflation at 4-month high, industry shows muted growth

Data released by the National Statistics Office on Friday showed the Index of Industrial Production in the world’s fifth-largest economy grew 2.4% in November

Cereals and vegetables were cheaper in December,compared to November but there was no let-up in the increase of overall food prices. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 06:56 PM IST

Silver lining in battle against inflation

Any interest rate hike over and above the 2.5 percentage points already administered in this rate hike cycle would have hurt growth significantly.

Retail prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index grew at 4.9% (MINT_PRINT)
Published on Nov 15, 2023 10:52 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Retail inflation declined to 4.87% in Oct from 5.02% in Sept: Govt data

Retail inflation declines to 4.87 per cent in October from 5.02 per cent in September: Govt data

Retail inflation declines to 4.87 per cent in October from 5.02 per cent in September: Govt data
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 06:06 PM IST

India’s FY24 economic outlook bright, strong but global headwinds remain: FinMin

While domestic macro fundamentals are strong and improving, downside risks arise from global headwinds and uncertainties in weather conditions

Union ministry of finance. (File photo/Mint.)
Published on Oct 23, 2023 07:15 PM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal

Dearness allowance for govt workers up from 42% to 46%

The Indian government has increased the dearness allowance (DA) for central government employees by 4% to 46%, along with a similar increase in dearness relief (DR) for pensioners. The decision, applicable from July 1, 2023, will have an annual impact of ₹12,857 crore ($1.74 billion) on the exchequer. The move comes ahead of the festive season and crucial assembly polls, and follows a substantial easing of retail inflation in September. Experts warn that the geopolitical situation in the Middle East may again push up food and fuel rates globally, potentially impacting India.

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Updated on Oct 19, 2023 05:56 AM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

Centre hikes DA, DR by 4 percentage points for govt employees, pensioners

The cabinet decision to raise DA by four percentage points comes week after the Election Commission announced assembly polls in five states starting from November 7

Union minister Anurag Thakur announced the cabinet decision at a press briefing in Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 04:14 PM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal

Retail inflation slows to a three-month low of 5.02%

Food and beverage inflation rose 6.3% in September, the slowest pace in a quarter, compared to a rise of 9.19% in August

Since food commodities have been the main driver of prices, much will depend on output of key summer-sown commodities, such as rice and pulses (HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2023 06:26 PM IST

Retail inflation slows to 5.02% in September

Retail inflation slows to 5.02% in September compared to 6.83% in August this year.

Retail inflation slows to 5.02% in September compared to 6.83% in August this year.
Updated on Oct 12, 2023 06:11 PM IST

RBI forecasts retail inflation at 5.4% for 2023-24: Governor Das

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) unanimously decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5 per cent.

The Reserve Bank of India its retail inflation forecast unchanged at 5.4 per cent in the financial year 2023-24. (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 10:37 AM IST

Retail inflation cools in August at 6.83%, but stays above target

Consumer inflation rose at a slower pace in August, compared to July’s 7.44%, which was a 15-month high

Consumer price inflation exceeded the central bank’s target range for the second straight month (REUTERS)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 06:18 PM IST

RBI must prevent spillover from surge in food prices: MPC members

While the central bank is targeting to keep inflation between 2% and 6% but the consumer price index accelerated by 7.44% last month.

Inflation is measured on the basis of a basket of products and services called the Consumer Price Index (CPI), in which items are divided into 12 major components with different weights.(Reuters/File)
Published on Aug 30, 2023 01:25 PM IST
Bloomberg |

Union Cabinet clears 200 gas cylinder subsidy

The decision to bring back the subsidy in cooking gas for all consumers, which was discontinued in 2020, comes ahead of key state elections later this year.

Effectively, a cylinder will cost <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>903 to general consumers and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>703 to beneficiaries of the Ujjwala Yojana from Wednesday. (Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 02:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Two stabbed at In-N-Out in California after violent altercation between NFL fans

Stabbing incident occurs at NFL game in California as fans clash. Security questioned. Multiple suspects detained, victims hurt.

Violence Erupts Among NFL Fans in California: Stabbing Incident Raises Security Concerns(Blank? Twitter)
Published on Aug 28, 2023 10:11 AM IST
ByVedanth Shinde

Retail inflation to ease as vegetable prices soften: RBI's MPC member

Retail inflation to return to comfort band of 2%-6% as vegetable prices soften, says MPC member.

RBI MPC member Ashima Goyal
Published on Aug 25, 2023 10:38 AM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Singh Rahul Sunilkumar

Global uncertainty may keep inflation elevated: Sitharaman

Global uncertainty and domestic disruptions may keep inflationary pressures elevated in coming months, the finance ministry said on Tuesday, adding that this warrants greater vigilance by government and the Reserve Bank of India.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 03:39 PM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

Explainer: Inflation is back and it is complicating matters

Adverse weather, including delayed monsoons and heavy rainfall, has led to higher vegetable prices may lead to further rate hikes and slow down economic growth

The July spike has been fuelled by food and vegetable prices(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Published on Aug 18, 2023 02:33 PM IST

Retail inflation swells to 7.44%

India's retail inflation surged to 7.44% in July, driven by higher prices of vegetables, cereals, with food inflation at its highest level in 39 months.

Inflation in cereals – their share in CPI basket is 9.7% compared to 6% for vegetables – is at 13.04% in July 2023.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 10:48 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Pushed by food prices, retail inflation leaps to 7.4%, a 15-month high

Retail inflation: Prices of cereals and vegetables have continued to grow in double digits despite a raft of measures by the government to ease supplies

Retail inflation: Vegetable prices shot up 37.34% in July, driving the combined food price inflation rate to 11.51% in July. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 06:39 PM IST

Watch | Govt offers discounted tomato at 90/kg amid price surge in Delhi

Tomato rates in Delhi: The National Cooperative Consumers' Federation of India has started selling tomatoes at a subsidised rate of ₹90 per kg in Delhi.

Tomato prices are soaring high (PTI)
Published on Jul 14, 2023 10:16 PM IST

Wholesale inflation falls 4.18%, an 8-yr low, amid a spurt in retail prices

Torrential rains in two-thirds of the country have triggered widespread flooding in several states, hindering movement of farm and manufactured goods

Wholesale inflation in food articles climbed 1.32%, against a rise of 1.51% in the previous month. (AFP file image)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 05:43 PM IST

Twin concerns lurk in the inflation print

The govt has implemented anti-inflation measures with mixed results, and with key assembly polls, it will be important to monitor their stance on price controls

It is to be noted here that retail inflation had also dropped sharply to 4.59 per cent in December, mainly due to declining food prices.(MINT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 13, 2023 10:12 PM IST
ByHT Editorial
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