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Wholesale inflation slows to 5.09% on cheaper food items

New Delhi: Wholesale inflation eased to 5.09 per cent in July on account of cheaper food articles, especially fruits and vegetables, government data showed on Tuesday.

The wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation was recorded at 5.77 per cent in June. In July 2017, it was at 1.88 per cent.

The wholesale inflation in food articles category was (-)2.16 per cent in July as against (+) 1.80 per cent in the previous month, the Commere and Industry ministry data showed.

Among others in the basket, vegetable prices fell by 14.07 per cent during the reported month as compared to a growth of 8.12 per cent in June. Likewise, there was an 8.81 per cent fall in wholesale prices of fruits in July as against a rise of 3.87 per cent in the preceding month.

In pulses category, inflation stood at (-) 17.03 per cent as against (-) 20.23 per cent.

"Primary food articles reverted to a year-on-year disinflation after a gap of three months, driven by vegetables, fruits, as well as pulses. Although, available trends suggest a month-on-month pick up in the prices of vegetables, sugar, milk, pulses and cereals in August 2018, primary food articles may continue to record year-on-year disinflation in the ongoing month," said Aditi Nayar, principal economist, ICRA.

For non-food articles, the inflation during the month under review increased to 3.96 per cent as against 3.81 per cent in June.

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