Indian WPI eases, adding to lower CPI

|By:, SA News Editor

India's wholesale-price index weakened to a nine-month low of +4.68% on year in February from +5.05% in January and came in below consensus of +4.9%.

The falling WPI adds to declining CPI as the the Reserve Bank of India focuses on reducing inflation, with the RBI hiking interest rates three times since September.

“We need to see a sustained drop in inflation for the central bank to start cutting rates," strategist Tirthankar Patnaik said before the WPI report. "We don't expect the RBI to change its stance in a hurry as price pressures remain in the economy."

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