Inflation negative for 17th month; at —0.85% in March

Continuing the deflationary trend for 17th month, WPI inflation was at (—)0.85 per cent in March but may inch up gradually in the coming months on growing pressure on food and vegetable prices. Wholesale Price Index-based inflation rate in March was marginally higher at (—)0.91 per cent in February. In March last year, it was (—)2.33%.

This is the 17th straight month since November 2014 when deflationary pressure persisted. Food inflation stood at 3.73 per cent in March compared with 3.35 per cent in February, showed official data. Inflation rate for vegetables came in at (—)2.26 per cent in March, while for cereals and pulses it was at 2.47 per cent and 34.45 per cent respectively.

India Ratings said that although prices of oil and manufactured items are expected to remain benign and keep the pressure on WPI inflation low, the same cannot be said about food inflation over the next few months despite the prediction of an above than normal monsoon.

The inflation print in the fuel and power segment was (—)8.30 per cent, and for manufactured products, it read (—)0.13 per cent in March. Onion and fruits saw easing of prices, with these sub-indices falling by 17.65 per cent and 2.13 per cent, respectively. Industry body Assocham said that although predictions of weather department are in favour of the ongoing Rabi season, policymakers should contain the upward price pressure if it surfaces in the coming months.

About Assocham:
ASSOCHAM initiated its endeavour of value creation for Indian industry in 1920. Having in its fold more than 400 Chambers and Trade Associations, and serving more than 4,50,000 members from all over India. It has witnessed upswings as well as upheavals of Indian Economy, and contributed significantly by playing a catalytic role in shaping up the Trade, Commerce and Industrial environment of the country.
So lets do:
1. Expand WPI?
2. Who is the Chairman of Assocham?
3. Continuing the deflationary trend for 17th month, WPI inflation was at ______in March. 


Source – The Hindu


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