Consumer Inflation rose in April to 8.59%. The elevated inflation levels could pressure on the central bank to keep interest rates at current levels despite pressure from Indian industry to bring them down.
The RBI wants to see consumer inflation ease to 8% by January 2015 and 6% in the following year.
The country’s wholesale price index likely rose 5.80% in April from a year earlier, according to a poll of 12 economists by The Wall Street Journal. The index increased 5.70% in March, which was its fastest rise in three months. The government is scheduled to announce the rate on Thursday.
Food prices rose during the month as vegetable and fruit supplies from a bumper crop earlier in the year dried up. Lower fuel prices helped offset some of the higher food prices, economists said. Indian fuel retailers lowered gasoline prices twice in April.
For the rest of this year economists and weather watchers are worried that below-normal rains during the June through September monsoon season could trigger inflation again.
(Source: Wall Street Journal)