Wholesale Inflation Eases To 1.08% In July


Wholesale inflation eased to 1.08 per cent in July, from 2.02 per cent in the previous month, government data showed on Wednesday. A fall in fuel product prices helped cool off wholesale inflation - or the rate of increase in wholesale prices determined by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI). The reading for the month of July was also lower than economists' expectations. Economists in a poll by news agency Reuters had forecast wholesale price inflation at 1.93 per cent in July.
Wholesale food prices in July rose 4.54 per cent on a year-on-year basis, as against 5.04 per cent in the previous month, the data showed.

Separate official data on Tuesday showed consumer inflation (gauged by the Consumer Price Index) eased to 3.15 per cent last month, from 3.18 per cent in June.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tracks consumer inflation data primarily for formulating its monetary policy.

The central bank has so far this year reduced the repo rate by 110 basis points (1.1 percentage point) in four consecutive bi-monthly policy reviews. Repo rate is the key interest rate at which the RBI lends short-term funds to commercial banks.

In its August 7 statement, the RBI's six-member Monetary Policy Committee lowered its GDP or gross domestic product growth projection to 6.9 per cent for 2019-20, from 7 per cent in June.