Retail inflation down to 4.59% in December 2020
New Delhi, January 12, 2021
Retail inflation declined to 4.59 per cent in December 2020 compared with 6.93 per cent in November last, government data showed on Tuesday.
The data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation showed that the easing of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) came on the back of a decline in food prices.
The Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) for last month came in at 3.41 per cent, down from 9.50 per cent in November 2020.
The provisional rural CPI in December 2020 was recorded at 4.07 per cent, down from 7.20 per cent in the previous month. The urban CPI was 5.19 per cent last month, compared with 5.19 per cent in November 2020.
The ease in retail inflation for the second consecutive month is a major development as it may give an impetus for a rate cut in the next meeting of the Reserve Bank of India's Monetary Policy Committee.