It’s a double whammy for the economy as the CPI Inflation for the month of June touched 5%, while the IIP growth in May slumped to a low of 3.2%. The retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 4.87 per cent in May. It was 1.46 per cent in June 2017. The earlier high was in January this year at 5.07 per cent. As per the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the inflation in the food basket was 2.91 per cent, compared to 3.1 per cent in May.
The inflation in fuel and light category, however, went up to 7.14 per cent as against 5.8 per cent in May. The government has mandated the Reserve Bank to keep inflation at 4 per cent, with a margin of 2 per cent on either side. The RBI Governor headed Monetary Policy Committee will be meeting later this month to review interest rate regime.