India: Consumer price inflation accelerates slightly in August
September 12, 2019
In August, consumer prices rose 0.49% compared to the previous month, down from July’s 0.91% increase. The increase was largely due to more expensive food and beverages, although a decrease in energy prices weighed on the overall reading.
Consumer price inflation accelerated to 3.2% in August from July’s 3.1% print. As a result, inflation remained below the 4.0% midpoint of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) target range of 2.0%–6.0%.
Wholesale prices decreased 0.25% month-on-month in July, the latest month for which data is available, which is down from the revised 0.08% drop in June (previously reported: +0.25% month-on-month). July’s decrease was primarily due to lower prices for fuel and energy. Wholesale price inflation decelerated to 1.1% in July, down from 2.0% in June.
Author: Edward Gardner, Economist