Shares of steel companies advanced 3%, while shares of non-ferrous metals companies and real estate companies rose 2% each. Shares of oil & gas services companies ended flat. Stocks of office equipment companies declined 8%, while stocks of auto components companies fell 6%.
Combined inflation for urban and rural areas fell to 3.78% in July 2015, from 5.40% in June, due to a high base effect. Inflation in rural areas fell to 4.44% in July from 6.07% in June. Food inflation in rural areas fell to 3.49% in July from 5.94% in June. In rural areas, prices of vegetables declined by 6.06% year-on-year, in July. Inflation related to fuel & power fell marginally to 6.59% from 7.17% in June. Inflation for pulses increased to 18.20% in July from 17.56% in June. Inflation for clothing declined to 6.71% and for miscellaneous items to 4.42% in July from 7.27% and 4.99%, respectively, in June.