What's NewInflation below RBI's mid-term target

The retail inflation slowed down for the second consecutive month to a 10-month low of 3.7 % year-on-year (YoY) in Aug'18. This led to the retail inflation falling below the RBI's mid-term target of 4% for the first time in nearly a year. Although a majority of the groups in the consumer price index (CPI) recorded a decline in inflation in Aug'18, core inflation (CPI excl. food and fuel) still remained elevated at 6%. (September 24, 2018)

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India Balance of Trade

Rise in exports help in narrowing India's trade deficit in August.

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CPI inflation below RBI's mid-term target for the first time in nearly a year.

 

India's retail inflation, as measured by Consumer Price Index (CPI), slowed down for the second consecutive month reaching a 10-month low of 3.7% year-on-year (YoY) in Aug'18 from 4.2% YoY growth in the previous month.

The slowdown in the headline retail inflation comes after it reached a peak of 4.9% in Jun'18. The softening in inflation was in line with the market expectations (3.9% YoY, Bloomberg Po...

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