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June retail inflation at new low of 1.54% food items dip

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Retail hit a "historically low" level of 1.54 per cent in June on dip in food items like vegetables, pulses and milk products, which may prompt the Reserve to go in for rate cut next month.

"The number of 1.54 per cent is historically low and reflects the firm and ongoing consolidation of macro economic stability," Chief Economic Adviser Subramanian told reporters.


"The last time we saw such -- according to slightly different (IW) -- was in 1999 and before that in August 1978," he added.

The latest series of Consumer Price Index (CPI) was introduced in January 2012.

in the previous month - May this year - was 2.18 per cent.

On the other hand, in June last year, it was 5.77 per cent.

As per the data released by Central Statistics Office, in the food basket as a whole contracted further to 2.12 per cent last month as compared to (-)1.05 per cent in May.

Vegetables declined to 16.53 and that of pulses and products to 21.92 per cent.

There was decline in rate of price in eggs (-0.08 per cent). On the other hand, the protein rich meat and fish turned costlier as the spiked to 3.49 per cent in June from 1.87 per cent in May.

Fruits too were dearer on monthly basis.

The retail in the fuel and light segment slowed to 4.54 per cent as compared to 5.46 in May.

The Reserve Bank, which mainly factors in retail to arrive at its monetary policy, is slated to meet in early August to announce the next bi-monthly policy rate.

In its last policy in June, the central had kept the key lending rate unchanged citing risk to

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 18:42 IST
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