India’s annual retail inflation eased to six.83% in August from a 15-month excessive of seven.44% in July as meals costs moderated, authorities knowledge confirmed on Tuesday.
A Reuters ballot of 45 economists had forecast a fee of seven%.
Meals inflation, which accounts for almost half of the general basket, was up 9.94% in August in contrast with an increase of 11.51% in July.
Meals costs have been a key concern for policymakers since final yr as erratic climate circumstances have harm the output of greens, milk and cereals.
Final month, Reserve Financial institution of India Governor Shaktikanta Das mentioned meals value shocks posed a threat to the “anchoring of inflation expectations” and the central financial institution would stay watchful.
Inflation has been above the central financial institution’s 2%-6% goal band for seven months out of the final 12.