India Inflation January 2016

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India: Inflation rises in January, while fall in wholesale prices steepens

February 15, 2016

Consumer prices in January increased 0.16% over the previous month, which contrasted December’s 0.40% fall. The monthly jump partly reflected an increase in prices of clothing and footwear as well as housing. Inflation picked up pace in January, rising from 5.6% in December to 5.7%, which marked the highest rate since August 2014. The result overshot market analysts’ expectations of 5.4% inflation.

The wholesale price index (WPI) in January fell 0.96% over the previous month, which contrasted December’s 0.06% decrease. January’s reading reflected falling prices for food as well as for fuel and power products. On an annual basis, wholesale prices fell 0.9% in January, which was a softer decline than December’s 0.7% drop. However, the trend stabilized and annual average WPI inflation remained at December’s minus 2.7%.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect consumer price inflation to average 5.0% in FY 2015, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. In FY 2016, the panel expects consumer price inflation to average 5.3%. Panelists expect wholesale prices to fall 2.1% in FY 2015, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. In FY 2016, the panel expects wholesale price inflation to average 2.4%.


Author: Angela Bouzanis, Senior Economist

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India Inflation January 2016

Note: Annual and monthly variation of wholesale price index (WPI) and annual variation of consumer price index (CPI) in %.
Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry and FocusEconomics calculations.


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