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With falling global crude prices, inflation will ease further: FM

As wholesale inflation fell to a five-year low, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that decline in global crude prices should further help in improving the price situation. ‘We believe that softening of prices is in our interest.

With crude prices down, this trend of lower food prices will continue,’ he told reporters here. The minister, however, cautioned that it has to be seen how the oil prices augur going forward. ‘We should not be overtly optimistic at this time,’ Jaitley added.

Global crude prices have dropped to four-year low of $77 a barrel. Commenting on the industrial output growth which was at a three-month high of 2.5 per cent in September, Jaitley said he would have been happier had the growth been a little higher. ‘2.5 per cent (IIP growth) is not enough for me to smile.

Targets are higher and it will take its time. Steps that we are taking will take a little time before it shows its impact,’ the minister said. Factory output, measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production, showed an improvement mainly because of an uptick in mining and manufacturing production and larger offtake of capital goods.
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