Shares of retail companies, office equipment companies and banking companies advanced 7%, 5% and 4%, respectively. Shares of farm & farm inputs companies and consumer products companies fell 2% each. Stocks of auto-components companies and steel companies declined 4% and 3%, respectively.
Combined inflation for urban and rural areas declined to 3.66% in August 2015, from 3.69% in July. Inflation in urban areas declined to 2.67% in August from 2.94% in July, mainly due to a high base effect. Food inflation in urban areas declined to 1.71% in August from 1.89% in July. In urban areas, prices of vegetables fell 9.07% year-on-year, due to the base effect. Inflation related to fuel & power also remained steady in August, at around 3%. Inflation for housing, too, remained unaffected at around 4%. Inflation for clothing hovered around 4%; for miscellaneous items, it fell to 1.93% in August from 2.47% in July.