Shares of garments companies and non-ferrous metals companies advanced 5% each. Stocks of healthcare companies and energy companies declined 5% each. Stocks of office equipment companies and education companies fell 4% each. However, stocks of trading companies and retail companies rose 2% each.
Combined food inflation was 6.20% for March 2015, compared to 6.76% recorded for February 2015. For rural and urban areas, food inflation was 5.85% and 6.72%, respectively, in March. Inflation in vegetable prices was at 11.26% in March, compared to 13% in February. Inflation in fruit prices was 7.41% in March, while pulses were dearer by 11.48% year-on-year. Inflation for cereals stood at 2.32% and inflation for milk products was 8.35%. Price rise on non-vegetarian items, such as meat and fish, was 5.11% in March compared to 4.95% in February 2015.