Wholesale inflation at 6-month high of 3.59%; vegetables get 37% costlier


WPI-based inflation in September had been the highest since April's 3.85%

New Delhi:
Inflation at the wholesale level rose to six-month high of 3.59 per cent in October as the prices of food articles, led by onions and vegetables, rose sharply.

Inflation, based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), was 2.60 per cent in September.

In October last year, it was 1.27 per cent.

Last month's inflation was the highest since April, when it was 3.85 per cent.

The government data released on Tuesday showed that inflation in food articles more than doubled to 4.30 per cent in October.

For vegetables, it soared to 36.61 per cent last month as against 15.48 per cent in September.

In case of onions, inflation skyrocketed to 127.04 per cent, while for the eggs, meat and fish segment the rate of price rise was 5.76 per cent.

Inflation in manufactured products saw a slight dip to 2.62 per cent, as against 2.72 per cent in September.

In the fuel and power segment, inflation rose to 10.52 per cent, as against 9.01 per cent in September.

Fuel inflation has remained high for the past three months as petrol and diesel prices continued to rule high tracking global crude oil rates. Power tariffs shot through the roof on lower domestic production.

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Business Standard, 14 November, 2017, http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/wholesale-inflation-at-6-month-high-of-3-59-vegetables-get-37-costlier-117111400411_1.html

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