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Monday, May 23, 2016

Wholesale price index on rise

India's annual wholesale price index (WPI) accelerated into the positive terrain after staying in negative zone for 17 straight months, official data showed on Monday. India Inc expressed mixed reactions to the numbers.
The annual WPI moved up to 0.34 percent for April, from (-)0.85 percent in March and (-)2.43 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

Food articles inflation jumped to 4.23 percent due to higher prices of tea, pulses, poultry, egg, meat, fish,  wheat,  milk and fruits and vegetables especially potatoes.

The data furnished by the commerce ministry showed that among the three major sub-indices of the WPI, the inflation rate for the index of primary articles, and fuels and power in April increased by 2.1 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively, on a month-to-month basis.

Similarly, the index for manufactured products, which has the highest weightage in the WPI rose by 0.8 percent month-on-month.
On a year-on-year basis, the April data disclosed that prices of primary articles rose 2.34 percent, whereas the manufactured product edged up by 0.71 percent.

The rise in WPI comes after the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for April showed an upward movement in annual retail inflation , which rose to 5.39 percent from 4.83 percent in March.
Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/

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