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Unhappy augury

WPI inflation turns positive after 17 months. Why that’s reason to worry.

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WPI inflation remains in negative zone for the 15th straight month in January

The fall in wholesale prices inflation is in divergence with the rise in retail inflation for January. Consumer Price Index (combined)-based inflation rose to a 17-month high of 5.69 per cent in January.

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Inflation cools to (-)0.9% in Jan as food prices ease

This is the 15th straight month since November 2014 that deflationary pressure persisted and wholesale inflation has remained in the negative zone.

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Costlier food pushes WPI to 12-month high

Though the pace of deflation has been weakening since last four months, high food prices continue to remain a cause of concern.

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WPI inflation at -4.54%; pulses, onion still costly

The headline inflation has been negative since November 2014 while it was 2.38 per cent in Sept.

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Falling prices due to global commodity slump is not deflation: Pronab Sen

Pronab Sen said that the divergence between WPI and retail inflation would gradually equalise.

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Pause and play

Given the deflationary trend, globally and at home, the RBI needs to urgently review its monetary policy stance.

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Central confusion

While the RBI criticises policy, it does not use its own limited authority effectively.

WPI inflation drops to -2.33 on cheaper food and fuel

The headline inflation was at -2.06 per cent in February. It was 6 per cent in March 2014.

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Inflation declined to a five-and-a-half year low of 0.39 pc in January

However, the food prices remained high, according to the the data released.

At 0.11%, WPI nearly flat in Dec

RBI may soften its policy stance in the forthcoming monetary policy review in February.

A deep cut

The big picture points to the need for significant monetary easing.

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Inflation falls to 5-year low of 2.38 per cent in September

Fuel and power index also declined by 0.3 per cent due to lower price of petrol.

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New PPI index likely to replace WPI by FY16

Across the world, WPI has been replaced by PPI given its comprehensive nature.

New index to replace WPI likely by FY16; trials to begin soon

The PPI provides a broader coverage in terms of products and industries and it also includes services, something which is not a part of the WPI.