Retail inflation declined to 10.39 percent in March, snapping the five month rising trend, as prices of vegetables and protein based items eased.
The prices in the vegetables basket eased to 12.16 percent in March. It was 21.29 per cent in February. Inflation in protein-based items -- egg, meat and fish --stood at 14.36 per cent during the month. In oils and fats segment, it stood at 11.72 percent.
Among all the constituents that make the CPI, cereals recorded the highest inflation of 17.55 percent in March,according to data released today. Besides, inflation in pulses stood at 11.38 percent and in sugar it was 11.65 per cent on an annual basis.
The rate of price rise in clothing and footwear segment stood at 10.64 per cent during the month. In urban areas, retail inflation declined to 10.38 percent in March from 10.84 per cent in the previous month. The CPI for rural population fell to 10.33 per cent during the month from 11.01 per cent in February.
The data for wholesale price index (WPI)-based inflation is expected on Monday. The WPI figures for February stood at 6.84 percent, much higher than RBI's comfort level of 5-6 percent.
Meanwhile, industrial output growth in February stood at a meagre 0.6 percent in February, compared to a growth of 4.3 percent in the same month last year.
The RBI will take into account the double digit retail inflation and slowdown in factory output while formulating its annual monetary policy, which is scheduled on May 3.
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