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Watch | Retail inflation at 5-year high of 7.3% in India

A data video on the retail inflation in India in December 2019 driven by the shortage of onions

India's retail inflation rate is now at a 5-year high in December 2019, it reached 7.35% breaching the upper-limit of 6% set by the RBI.

Inflation is the constant rise in the general level of prices where a unit of currency buys less than it did in prior periods. It indicates a decrease in the purchasing power of a nation’s currency. A shortage of onions drove the surge in December 2019.

Watch | Retail inflation at 5-year high of 7.3% in India

Overall, food inflation rose to 14.12% in December as against a negative rate of -2.65% in the same month of the previous year. It was also significantly higher than the 10.01% recorded in November 2019. Along with vegetables, high prices of pulses, meat and fish also contributed to last month’s spike. The inflation in ‘pulses and products’ was recorded at 15.44%, while for ‘meat and fish’ it was nearly 10%.

The last time retail inflation touched 7.39% was in July 2014, just after Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his first term in office.

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Printable version | Feb 25, 2020 12:49:07 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/retail-inflation-at-5-year-high-of-73-in-india/article30605234.ece

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