India Consumer Inflation Rises More Than Expected


Consumer prices in India increased 3.65 percent year-on-year in February of 2017, following a record low rise of 3.17 percent in January and higher than market expectations of 3.58 percent. Food inflation accelerated to 2.01 percent from 0.53 percent.

Year-on-year, cost of food and beverages rose 2.46 percent (1.29 percent in January), provisional estimates showed. The food index alone rose 2.01 percent compared to 0.53 percent in the previous month. Prices increased more for sugar (18.83 percent from 18.69 percent in January) and fruit (8.33 percent compared to 5.81 percent) and fell less for vegetables (-8.29 percent compared to -15.62 percent). 

Inflation also increased for fuel and light (3.9 percent from 3.42 percent) but slowed slightly for housing (4.9 percent from 5.02 percent) and clothing and footwear (4.38 percent from 4.71 percent).

The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 3.67 percent and 3.55 percent (3.36 percent and 2.9 percent respectively in January).

Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/14/2017 12:34:00 PM