Retail inflation rose to a four-month high of 2.57 per cent during February, government data showed. The rise in inflation level happened mainly due to higher food prices. The retail inflation stood at 1.97 per cent in January and 4.44 per cent in February 2018, a statement by the government said. Retail inflation is calculated on the basis of Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Food inflation, however, was in negative at 0.66 per cent. The latest print is higher than (-) 2.24 per cent in January. The Reserve Bank of India factors in retail inflation while deciding at its monetary policy.
Meanwhile, industrial output growth stood at 1.7 per cent in January on account of slowdown in the manufacturing sector. Factory output as measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had grown by 7.5 per cent in January 2018.
"In terms of industries, 11 out of the 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during the month of January 2019 as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year," the statement by the government said.
As per government data, the IIPs for the mining, manufacturing and electricity sectors for the month of January 2019 stand at 119.2, 135.6 and 150.7 respectively, with the corresponding growth rates of 3.9 per cent, 1.3 per cent and 0.8 per cent as compared to the year-ago period.
During April-January 2018-19, industrial output grew at 4.4 per cent as against 4.1 per cent in the same period previous fiscal, according to the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Tuesday.
With PTI inputs