The wholesale price-based inflation rose to 2.03 per cent in January 2021, even as food prices cooled. The WPI inflation was 1.22 per cent in December 2020 and 3.52 per cent in January last year. While food articles saw softening in inflation in January, manufactured items witnessed a hardening of prices, as per data released by the Commerce and Industry ministry.
Food inflation in January stood at (-) 2.8 per cent, against (-) 1.11 per cent in the previous month.
Inflation in vegetables and potatoes was (-) 20.82 per cent and 22.04 per cent during January, while in the fuel and power basket it was (-) 4.78 per cent.
In non-food articles, inflation was higher at 4.16 per cent during the month under review.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its monetary policy decision on February 5, kept interest rates unchanged for the fourth consecutive meeting and said that the near-term inflation outlook has turned favourable.
Meanwhile, retail inflation, based on the consumer price index, was at 4.06 per cent in January, data released last week showed.