WPI inflation hits 39-month high at 6.5% in Feb


Inflation based on wholesale prices shot up to 39-month high of 6.55 percent in February because of costlier food and fuel items. This is slightly higher than what the street was anticipating.

As indicated by the official information discharged today, nourishment costs saw a sharp ascent by 2.69 percent in February when contrasted with a deceleration by 0.56 for every penny in the earlier month. Nourishment swelling in the times of October , November, December and January had slammed and it gives the idea that sustenance expansion has bottomed out.

Remarking on this, Rupa Rege Nitsure, L&T Financial Services stated, “Everything on the agribusiness front is bad as a portion of the southern states have announced dry spell.”

Expansion direction is solidifying because of the setback in certain nourishment items and stickiness of costs in administrations, she said.

With respect to Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) standpoint, she said it should return to its position to keep up the unbiased position or move to accommodative.

Nitsure had assessed WPI to be at 6.3 percent. She said the spike in vitality and non-vitality ware costs may have been the supporter for the higher expansion.

The Wholesale Price Index-based swelling, mirroring the yearly rate of value rise, was at 5.25 percent in January. This was principally in view of sharp ascent in rates of grains, rice and natural products.

The fuel bushel likewise surged by 21.02 percent from 18.14 for every penny in January.

The government also revised December inflation rate to 3.68 percent from the previous provisional reporting of 3.39 percent.