The wholesale price-based inflation eased to 10.66 per cent in September, helped by moderating meals costs at the same time as crude petroleum witnessed a spike.
WPI inflation remained in double-digit for the sixth consecutive month. In August, it was 11.39 per cent. In September 2020, inflation was 1.32 per cent.
“The high rate of inflation in September 2021 is primarily due to rise in prices of mineral oils, basic metals, non-food articles, food products, crude petroleum & natural gas, chemicals and chemical products etc. as compared the corresponding month of the previous year,” the Commerce and Industry Ministry stated in a press release.
Inflation in meals articles eased for the fifth straight month, recording (-) 4.69 per cent in September from (-) 1.29 per cent in August, primarily on account of easing vegetable costs. Pulses costs continued to spike at 9.42 per cent.
Inflation within the gasoline and energy basket was 24.91 per cent in September, towards 26.09 per cent within the earlier month.
The rise in crude petroleum and pure fuel costs was 43.92 per cent in September over 40.03 per cent within the earlier month.
In manufactured merchandise, inflation stood at 11.41 per cent in the course of the month.
The RBI, which primarily takes into consideration retail inflation in its financial coverage, earlier this month stored rates of interest unchanged at file lows.
Retail inflation in September too slowed to a five-month low of 4.4 per cent on moderating meals costs.