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Lower food prices help ease March retail inflation

IANS  |  New Delhi 

eased India's March retail to 4.28 per cent from 4.44 per cent in February 2018, as per official data released on Thursday.

However, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the consumer price index (CPI) last month stood higher than the 3.89 per cent reported in March 2017.

According to the data released by the (CSO), the (CFPI) stood at 2.81 per cent in March compared to 3.26 per cent in February 2018.

Last week, the (RBI) lowered its forecast for the first half of the current fiscal to between 4.7 per cent and 5.1 per cent, and 4.4 per cent for the second half in its bi-monthly monetary policy review of the new fiscal.

The RBI kept its repo, or short term lending rate for commercial banks, unchanged.

The (MPC) said the recent volatility in global crude prices has brought considerable uncertainty to the near-term outlook.

"We continue to remain vigilant on how inflation unfolds, in the sense that we are data dependent," RBI said at a here following the MPC meeting.

He said that several uncertainties continue to surround "the baseline inflation path".

"The revised formula for MSP (minimum support price) -- as announced in the Union Budget 2018-19 for kharif crops -- may have an impact on inflation, although the exact magnitude will be known only in the coming months," he said.

"Besides, in case of further fiscal slippage from the Union Budget estimates for 2018-19 or the medium-term path, it could adversely impact the outlook on inflation. Another risk is from fiscal slippages by states on account of higher committed revenue expenditure.

"Also, companies polled by the RBI expect input and output prices to rise, going forward," he added.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 19:52 IST