Soaring inflation has been a major concern in India since past few months, largely driven by rising fuel and food prices. It has stayed well above the Reserve Bank of India's upper tolerance limit for 4 consecutive months. Food inflation, which accounts for nearly half the consumer price index (CPI) basket, reached a multi-month high in April due to higher vegetable and cooking oil prices globally. Stay with TOI for all latest updates.Read Less
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Inflation at 8-year high
Consumer price index-based inflation rose more than expected to 7.79% in April year-on-year, remaining above the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) tolerance band of 6% for a fourth month in a row, data released by National Statistics Office showed on Thursday.
Core CPI inflation
Core CPI inflation, excluding volatile food and energy prices, was estimated between 6.8 per cent and 7.1 per cent in April, by three economists, compared with 6.30% to 6.32% in the previous month.
Inflation numbers have now been above the upper limit of RBI's 2 per cent - 6 per cent tolerance band for 4 straight months.
Retail inflation jumps to 7.79% in April from 6.95% in March
Rising food prices have emerged as an overriding worry for consumers - already hit hard during two years of the pandemic - as prices of edible oil and vegetables have surged amid fears of a fall in wheat output this year.
RBI's inflation projection
In April, RBI raised its inflation forecast for the current fiscal year to 5.7%, 120 bps above its forecast in February, while cutting its economic growth forecast to 7.2% for 2022/23 from 7.8%.
In March, inflation had shot up to 6.95 per cent, a 17-month high, on the back of rising food prices.
Food inflation, which accounts for nearly half the consumer price index (CPI) basket, reached a multi-month high in March and is expected to remain elevated due to higher vegetable and cooking oil prices globally.
It has stayed well above the Reserve Bank of India's upper tolerance limit for 3 consecutive months.
Soaring inflation has been a major concern in India since past few months, largely driven by rising fuel and food prices.
Centre to release retail inflation data for the month of April shortly
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Equity indices plunged for the 5th straight session on Thursday with the benchmark BSE sensex crashing over 1,000 points amid weak cues from global markets. According to experts, investors remained cautious ahead of announcement of inflation rate for April and industrial production data for March.
Domestic stock markets
Domestic stock markets have in recent weeks been roiled by fears of sky-high inflation, a surprise interest rate hike, foreign fund outflows and mixed set of corporate results.
Stocks have been volatile for much of 2022, fuelled by China's Covid-19 lockdowns, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and surging inflation that has dampened consumer sentiment.
Asian and European stocks
Asian and European equities slumped on Thursday following Wall Street's lead, after a key US report renewed fears of inflation and a tightening of monetary policies.
Unabated selling by foreign institutional investors also continued to weigh on market sentiments.
Foreign institutional investors offloaded shares worth Rs 3,609.35 crore on Wednesday, according to stock exchange data.
Undoubtedly, the biggest negative catalyst continues to be inflation all over global economies. The anxiety at stock markets across globe is on the backdrop Federal Reserve's next strategy on interest rates...
Investors remained cautious ahead of announcement of inflation rate for April and industrial production data for March.