India's headline inflation seen easing to near 5%: Chidambaram

Reuters Posted online: Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 0000 hrs
Singapore : India's annual headline inflation is expected to moderate to near 5 per cent as there was reasonable price stability in some major commodities, the finance minister said on Thursday.

P. Chidambaram made the comment in a lecture at the National University of Singapore.

India's wholesale price index based headline inflation rose to an eight-month high in October at 7 percent, driven by costlier fuel and manufactured goods, raising the prospect of a fresh interest rate hike.

Chidambaram also said the fiscal deficit target of 4.8 per cent of gross domestic product in 2012/13 would not be breached under any circumstances, even as many private economists say the deficit could cross the 5 per cent mark.