New Delhi: India’s annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices rose to 5.28 percent in October from 5.13 per cent in September, official data showed here on Wednesday. Even, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data furnished by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was higher than 3.68 percent reported for the corresponding period of 2017.
“The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 5.28 per cent (provisional) for the month of October (over October, 2017) as compared to 5.13 per cent (provisional) for the previous month and 3.68 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year,” the data showed.
“Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 4.64 per cent compared to a build up rate of 2.12 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous year,” the Commerce Ministry official statement said. On a sequential basis, the expenses on primary articles, which constitute 22.62 per cent of the WPI’s total weightage eased to 1.79 per cent, from a rise of 2.97 per cent in September.
Similarly, the prices of food articles declined. The category has a weightage of 15.26 per cent in the WPI index. However, the cost of fuel and power segment, which commands a 13.15 per cent weightage, edged higher by 18.44 per cent from a growth of 16.65 per cent. The expenses on manufactured products registered a rise of 4.49 per cent from 4.22 per cent. On a YoY basis, onion prices declined by 31.69 per cent, whereas potatoes became dearer by 93.65 per cent. In contrast, the overall vegetable prices in the month under review declined by 18.65 per cent, against a rise of 36.67 per cent in the same month a year ago. Among the non-food items, the price of high-speed diesel rose by 19.85 per cent on a YoY basis, petrol by 31.39 per cent and LPG by 18.44 per cent. (IANS)