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RBI policy preview: Inflation guidance to be key; expect no change in repo

Inflation is expected to accelerate after the government's budget last week widened its fiscal deficit target for the fiscal year starting in April to help finance a sharp increase in spending

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

The Reserve Bank of India, meeting amid a global market storm, is widely expected to keep its key rate on hold on Wednesday, but toughen its rhetoric as inflation has accelerated sharply, making an increasing number of analysts see a hike this year. A Reuters poll showed 58 of 60 economists expect the repo rate to be kept at 6.00 per cent, the lowest since November 2010, and the reverse repo rate at 5.75 per cent. The other two predicted a 25 basis points hike. But more analysts now believe tightening looms down the road after surging oil and food prices led ...

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First Published: Wed, February 07 2018. 07:31 IST