Retail inflation for industrial workers up 6.6% in January

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Housing group.

Retail inflation for industrial workers up 6.6% in January

New Delhi: Retail inflation for industrial workers rose to 6.6 percent in Janurary 2019 on account of higher prices of certain food items.

“The year-on-year inflation based on CPI-IW stood at 6.60 percent for January, 2019 as compared to 5.24 percent for the previous month and 5.11 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at (+) 0.97 percent against (-) 0.96 percent of the previous month and 3.36 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year,” an official release said.

The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2019 increased by 6 points and pegged at 307. On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 1.99 percent between December, 2018 and January, 2019 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.70 percent for the corresponding months of last year.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Housing group contributing (+) 5.16 percentage points to the total change.

At item level, Wheat, Arhar Dal, Fish Frsh, Goat Meat, Coconut, Lady's Finger, Tomato, Flowers/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Gourd, Peas, Potato, Cooking Gas, Electricity Charges, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

At centre level Nagpur reported the maximum increase of 21 points followed by Nasik (17 points), Amritsar, Quilon, Jharia (13 points each) and Jaipur (12 points). Among others, 11 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 10 points in 7 centres, 9 points in 3 centres, 8 points in 5 centres, 6 points in 9 centres, 5 points in 6 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 7 centres and 1 point in 6 centres. On the contrary, Darjeeling recorded a maximum decrease of 4 points followed by Siliguri (3 points). Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 4 centres and 1 point in 2 centres. Rest of the 4 centres' indices remained stationary.

The indices of 35 centres are above All-India Index and 42 centres' indices are below national average. The index of Rourkela centre remained at par with All-India Index.