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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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Hike in Oil Price, Inflationary Fears Subdue Indian Equity Indices

The index toppers were Yes Bank, Vedanta, Tata Motors, NTPC and Mahindra & Mahindra.

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High crude oil prices and fears of a rise in core inflation subdued the key Indian equity indices on Friday.

According to market observes, crude oil at $67 per barrel and caution over a likely rise in core inflation pointed out in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s latest minutes of the monetary policy committee meet kept investors away.

The S&P BSE Sensex closed 26.87 points or 0.07 per cent lower at 35,871.48, while the broader NSE Nifty50 ended flat at 10,791.65.

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The S&P BSE Sensex closed 26.87 points or 0.07 per cent lower at 35,871.48, while the broader NSE Nifty50 ended flat at 10,791.65. VOA

“Market turned range-bound after the release of RBI minutes which hints at elevated core inflation and threat of global growth slowdown,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

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“Inflow of domestic funds to market remains positive, while tepid reaction from FIIs and lack of major triggers are impacting investors’ sentiments.”

The index toppers were Yes Bank, Vedanta, Tata Motors, NTPC and Mahindra & Mahindra, and the laggards were Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries, IndusInd Bank and Bajaj Finance. (IANS)