Preview: India inflation likely picked up in Nov
A Reuters poll of 32 economists taken over the past week showed they expect wholesale prices rose 7.60 percent in November from a year earlier, compared with 7.45 percent in October. Forecasts ranged from 7.12 percent to 8.10 percent.
Wilting economic growth has prompted calls from the government and business leaders for the Reserve Bank of India to cut interest rates, but it has so far rejected them, saying prices are still rising too fast to ease policy.
"The WPI inflation likely increased slightly despite a favourable base. (The) decline in the Indian rupee over the month more than offset the fall in global commodity prices, and may have supported imported inflationary pressures," said Abhishek Upadhyay, an economist at Axis Bank.
Primary articles like food and fuel make up over a third of the wholesale price index, and their high cost has kept inflation stubbornly strong.
The data will be released on Friday.
Renewed weakness in the Indian rupee added to the pressure, with its almost 1 percent drop last month pushing costs of imports, mainly crude oil, higher. Compared with a year earlier, the rupee was down about 4 percent against the dollar.
The Indian economy extended its slump into the three months to September, growing an annual
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