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Economy Sep 14, 2012

Unexpected surge in Aug inflation dashes rate cut hopes

By Firstbiz Staff

India's WPI inflation in August was a higher-than-expected at 7.55 percent, dampening hopes of a rate cut on Monday when the RBI meets to review its policy.

This compares with provisional figure of 6.87 percent for July and 9.78 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

Reuters

A Reuters poll had estimated the inflation at 6.95 percent. The government also revised upwards June inflation to 7.58 percent from 7.25 percent.

The inflation in food articles group came in at 9.14 percent as against 10.06 percent the month ago.

Fuel and power group witnessed a surge in inflation to 8.32 percent from 5.98 percent a month ago.

CNBC-TV18 reported that core inflation for the month came in at 5.56 percent against 5.44 percent a month ago.

The release of the inflation figures coincided with a comment from RBI deputy governor KC Chakrabarty reiterating the central bank's focus on taming inflation.

Full press release here.

by Firstbiz Staff

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