The annual rate of inflation based on the wholesale price index (WPI) declined
to 3.52 per cent - the lowest in the past 17 months - during the week ended September
1, from 3.79 per cent a week ago.
decline in inflation rate was due mainly to a fall in the prices of minerals,
fuels and some manufactured products, data issued by the Central Statistical Organisation
inflation rate was at 5.34 per cent during the corresponding week of the previous
the third week in a row that inflation has remained below the four per cent mark.
The food articles
group as a whole witnessed an increase although prices of bajra, eggs, maize,
moong, condiments and spices declined.
of power, light and lubricant group also declined by 0.1 per cent, largely due
to lower prices of aviation turbine fuel and furnace oil.
manufactured items, prices of cottonseed oil, rice bran oil, imported edible oil,
zinc ingots and few other commodities declined.
the low headline inflation rate alone does not guarantee the government peace
of mind, as prices of some food articles like fruits have risen by a whopping
17.7 per cent.
still poses a downward risk as crude oil touched its lifetime high of $80 per
barrel on Thursday. But in the domestic market aviation turbine fuel turned cheaper
by three per cent and furnace oil by one per cent during the week under review.
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