SME Times News Bureau | 13 Mar, 2018
Retail inflation for the month of February fell to 4.4 percent
against to 5.07 percent in January 2018, according to data released
by the Central Statistics Office on Monday.
On a year-on-year basis, the CPI inflation was 3.65 per cent in
However, the 4.4 percent level is above the 4 percent medium-term
target of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
The inflation data raises hope that the central bank may hold
rates steady at its April meeting rather than raise them.
Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted February’s
rate would ease to 4.8 percent from 5.1 percent in January. Forecasts
ranged from 4.4 percent to 5.6 percent.
Consumer food prices rose 3.26 percent in February, compared with
4.70 percent in January, as prices of pulses fell more than 17
percent from a year earlier.