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Inflation rises marginally to 8.31% in February

Last updated on: March 14, 2011 12:51 IST

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Inflation rose marginally to 8.31 per cent for the month ended February from 8.23 per cent in the previous month, putting pressure on the Reserve Bank of India to raise interest rates when it reviews the monetary policy later this week.

The rise in inflation was mainly on account of higher milk, edible oil, vegetable and fruit prices.

In addition, high fuel prices on account of soaring international crude oil rates also contributed to inflation.

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With inflation showing no signs of moderation, it is widely expected that the Reserve Bank of India will raise key policy rates at its quarterly monetary policy review on March 17.

It may be recalled that food inflation, which accounts for over 14 per cent of overall wholesale price index inflation, stood at 10.65 per cent in February.

As per the WPI data, the prices of primary articles -- food, non-food articles and minerals -- shot up by 14.79 per cent on an annual basis, official data released here showed. However, prices of certain food items declined on a year-on-year basis.

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Image: A worker climbs on a pile of rice stock inside a warehouse in Bicutan, south of Manila, the Philippines.
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While wheat became cheaper by 1.67 per cent, pulses prices fell by 5.10 per cent and rates for potatoes by 11.28 per cent.

During the month, fuel and power prices went up by 11.19 per cent, driven mainly by a 28.73 per cent rise in petrol prices and a 14.99 per cent jump in cooking gas rates.

At the same time, the manufactured goods group index rose by 4.49 per cent on an annual basis.
Manufactured items have the highest weight of 64.9 per cent in the WPI.


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