India Inflation Eases More Than Expected; Slowest on Record
India’s inflation grew at its slowest pace on record even as the central bank unexpectedly held interest rates in its monetary policy review last week.
Consumer prices rose 3.17 percent in January from a year earlier, the Statistics Ministry said in a statement in New Delhi on Monday
That’s slower than the 3.24 percent median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 32 economists
Food prices rose 0.53 percent compared with a 1.37 percent increase the previous month
Today’s number was below the 3.27 percent rate recorded in Nov. 2014
Governor Urjit Patel kept the benchmark repurchase rate unchanged at a six-year low of 6.25 percent for a second straight meeting last week and signaled that its interest-rate easing cycle is coming to an end. However, the central bank forecast a sharp recovery in growth during the year through March 2018, helped by a rebound in consumption that has been hurt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unprecedented cash ban.