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Festive breather as CPI falls, IIP jumps

DNMUM398591 | 10/13/2017 | Author : Praveena Sharma | WC :775



New Delhi: In a minor relief to the government after a string of disappointing macroeconomic numbers, retail inflation came 0.08 percentage points lower in September at 3.28% even as factory output rose 3.4 percentage points to 4.3% in August, according to official statistics released on Thursday.
The slight dip in the retail inflation last month from August’s 3.36%, notwithstanding, it continued to be under pressure from rising prices of fuel, housing, and with the base effect from last year wearing off, many economists expect it to inch up again.
They see the easing in the CPI inflation as a temporary phenomenon and expect it to “fall in line” with Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) projection of 4.2%-4.6% in the second half of the curr
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