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India's December Retail Inflation Hits 17-Month High of 5.21%

Factors that indicate higher December inflation are increased prices for some foods and the impact of higher pay for government employees.

Reuters

Updated:January 12, 2018, 6:02 PM IST
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India's December Retail Inflation Hits 17-Month High of 5.21%
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New Delhi: India's annual retail inflation accelerated in December to a 17-month high of 5.21 per cent, government data showed on Friday, mainly driven by faster rises in prices of food and fuel products.

Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast December's CPI inflation to rise to 5.10 percent from November's 4.88 percent.

Factors that indicate higher December inflation are increased prices for some foods and the impact of higher pay for government employees.

In December, the Reserve Bank of India held its policy rate and reiterated a neutral stance but said that “all possibilities are on the table” depending on how price pressures and growth pan out.

For the six months through March, the RBI slightly raised its inflation projection - already above its 4 percent medium-term target - to 4.3-4.7 percent.

“The uptrend seen in food inflation in recent months appears to have sustained in December,” said Abhishek Upadhyay, economist at ICICI Securities PD.

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