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New Delhi, Even as pulses and onions remained costly, India’s annual inflation rate based on wholesale prices continued in the negative territory in June, falling further to (-)2.4 percent from (-)2.36 percent for the month before, official data showed on Tuesday. inflation-rate-september-2014

The annual rate of inflation, as per the official wholesale price index, stood at 5.66 percent in the corresponding month of the previous year, according to data released by the commerce and industry ministry.

Reflecting the dichotomy over retail and wholesale prices in the country, data released on Monday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that rise in food and fuel prices had propped the country’s consumer price index inflation to 5.40 percent in June from 5.01 percent in May.

The consumer price index data also showed that rural areas were relatively impacted more with an annual retail inflation rate of 6.07 percent, against 4.55 percent for urban areas. The food and beverage sub-index that has the highest weight rose by 5.48 percent from 4.80 percent in May.

The commerce ministry data showed that the wholesale inflation rate rose in June despite marginal increases in the all the three major sub-indices compared with May. The spikes were 1.4 percent for primary articles, 0.6 percent for fuels and 0.1 percent for manufactured products.

Among articles of consumption by the masses, the annual inflation for pulses was whopping 33.67 percent in June, followed by 18.54 percent for onions, 7.47 percent for fruits and 5.18 percent for milk. But prices fell 52.40 percent for potatoes and 2.25 percent for eggs, meat and fish.

The data also reflected the lowering of prices in the fuels sub-index during the month in review. The rates of inflation were (-) 9.7 percent for petrol, (-) 11.86 percent for high-speed diesel and (-) 4.73 percent for cooking gas.

(IANS)

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls
Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls, flickr

Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Petrol station, flickr

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

Also read: Petrol price slashes by 32 paise and diesel price by 85 paise

On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)

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