Shares of oil & gas companies and petrochemicals companies ended flat, while shares of steel companies fell 1%. Stocks of paints companies, healthcare companies and real estate companies declined 9% each. Stocks of airlines companies declined 14%, while stocks of printing and publishing companies rose 5%. Stocks of trading companies went up by 3%.
Combined inflation for urban and rural areas declined marginally, to 5.17% in March 2015, from 5.37% in February. Inflation in urban areas was steady at 4.75% in March. Food inflation in urban areas declined to 6.72% in March from 7.38% in February. In urban areas, inflation of vegetables declined to 15.98% year-on-year. Inflation related to fuel & power increased to 3.16% from 2.61% in February. Inflation for housing declined marginally to 4.77% in March from 4.98% in February. Inflation for clothing declined to 5.01% from 5.20%; for miscellaneous items, it increased to 2.15% in March from 1.98% in February.