Inflation of primary articles dipped to 0.2% in March 2018 from 0.8% in February 2018, while the inflation for manufactured products was flat at 3.0% in March 2018. However, the inflation for fuel items rose to 4.7% in March 2018 from 3.8% in February 2018.
As per major commodity group-wise, inflation declined for vegetables, milk, egg, fibres, metallic minerals, coal, mineral oil, tobacco products, textiles, wearing apparel, leather products, chemical products, cement, basic metals, fabricated metal products, motor vehicles, other transport equipment and gold ornament. On the other hand, inflation of cereals, pulses, fruits, spices, oilseeds, fodder, floriculture, crude petroleum, electricity, food products, food products and furniture increased in March 2018.
Inflation of food items (food articles and food products) declined to (-) 0.1% in March 2018 from 0.1% in February 2018 level. Meanwhile, inflation of non-food items (all commodities excluding food items) was flat at 3.6% in March 2018.
The contribution of primary articles to the overall inflation of 2.5% was negative at 05 basis points (bps) in March 2018, showing dip from positive contribution of 16 bps to 2.5% in February 2018. The contribution of fuel product group rose to 51 bps against 42 bps in February 2018, while that of manufactured products was flat at 193 bps in March 2018.
The contribution of food items (food articles and food products) to inflation turned negative at (-) 02 bps to 2.5% in March 2018 compared with positive 2 bps to 2.5% in February 2018. Meanwhile, the contribution of non-food items (all commodities excluding food items) notched up 254 bps in March 2018.
The WPI inflation stood at 2.9% in April-March FY2018 against 1.7% in April-March FY2017. The primary articles inflation eased to 1.3% in April-March FY2018 from 3.4% in April-March FY2017, while fuel products inflation increased to 8.1% from (-) 0.3%. The inflation for manufactured products jumped to 2.7% in April-March FY2018 from 1.3% in April-March FY2017.
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