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India's June inflation at five-month high, industrial growth falls to 3.2 per cent

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ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 12, 2018, 06.13 PM (IST)

India's retail inflation rose to a five-month high of 5 per cent in the month of June as compared to 4.87 per cent in May, as suggested by the data from the Central Statistics Office.

The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) moderated to 3.2 percent in May as compared to 4.9 per cent in April.

The slowdown in the industrial production comes on the back of a moderation in the growth of core sector industries which rose 3.6 percent.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which remained as the main price gauge indicated June's data as an indication that inflation is inching towards Reserve Bank of India's tolerance level of six per cent.

Consumer food price inflation, in monthly kitchen costs, grew 2.91 per cent in June from 3.10 per cent in May.

The indices of IIP for the Mining, Manufacturing and Electricity sectors for the month of May 2018 stand at 107.5, 129.1 and 164.7 respectively, with the corresponding growth rates of 5.7 per cent, 2.8 per cent and 4.2 per cent as compared to May 2017 (Statement I).

The cumulative growth in these three sectors during April-May 2018 over the corresponding period of 2017 has been 4.9 per cent, 4.0 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively.

As per Use-based classification, the growth rates in May 2018 over May 2017 are 5.7 per cent in Primary goods, 7.6 per cent in Capital goods, 0.9 per cent in Intermediate goods and 4.9 per cent in Infrastructure/ Construction Goods (Statement III).

The Consumer durables and Consumer non-durables have recorded growth of 4.3 per cent and (-) 2.6 per cent respectively.

However, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its policy review in June, revised upwards its inflation projection to 4.8-4.9 per cent for the first half of 2018-19.

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