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WPI Inflation falls to single-digits at 9.97% in July

New Delhi: Wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation fell to single-digits at 9.97% in July, owing to decline in prices of certain food and non-food items, reports PTI.

Inflation was at 10.55% in June, while for May it was revised upwards to 11.14% from the provisional number of 10.16%.

Inflation was in double-digits at over 10% in the last four months to June.

In July, onion prices dipped by 6.85%, while edible oils became cheaper by 0.34% compared to the same period last year. Vegetable prices fell by over 14% and that of potato by over 44% on year-on-year basis.

Cement prices fell by 8.36% and that of non-metallic mineral products by 4.81% on yearly basis.

The food index rose marginally by 0.9% as the impact of decline in prices of potato, onion and other vegetables was somewhat neutralised by rise in prices of cereals (6.17%), rice (6.28%), pulses (21.98%) milk (18.06%) and fruits (9.52%) on yearly basis.

Among primary (raw) food items, moong became cheaper by 4%, while masur, arhar and fish-marine by 1% each compared to same period last year.

Food inflation had surged back to double digit at 11.40% for the week ended 31st July, after remaining in single-digits for two consecutive weeks.

In July, the fuel index rose by 3.2% due to higher prices of kerosene (24%) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (8%).

The government had in late June decontrolled the prices of petrol and increased prices of diesel, LPG and kerosene.

However, the prices of furnace oil declined by 2% and that of naphtha and light diesel oil by 1% each.

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