India’s June retail inflation rises to 3.18%

New Delhi: Rising for sixth month in a row, retail inflation rose to 3.18 per cent in June due to costlier food products such as grains, pulses and protein-rich items meat and fish, government data showed Friday.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based retail inflation was at 3.05 per cent in the preceding month of May 2019. In the year-ago period, the retail inflation was at 4.92 per cent in June 2018.
Retail inflation has been showing a rising trend since January this year when it stood at 1.97 per cent.
The overall food inflation based on consumer food price index rose to 2.17 per cent in June as against 1.83 per cent in the previous month, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation showed.
The inflation for protein-rich ‘meat and fish’ category quickened to 9.01 per cent during the month (against 8.12 per cent month earlier).
For the ‘pulses and products’ category, the rate of price rise was sharply higher at 5.68 per cent against 2.13 per cent, while the inflation in the ‘cereals and products’ basket rose to 1.31 per cent from 1.21 per cent in May this year.
However, prices of fruits continued to show deflationary trend with inflation standing at (-)4.18 per cent, while inflation in vegetables eased to 4.66 per cent.
For the ‘fuel and light’ category, retail inflation in June slowed a tad at 2.32 per cent.

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