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Curbing inflation becomes RBI’s immediate concern: Minutes of the April RBI MPC meeting released

Concerns about surging inflation amid the hostilities between Russia and Ukraine formed the predominant thread at the monetary policy committee’s (MPC) April meeting, showed the minutes released on Friday. Members of the RBI’s rate-setting panel did acknowledge the geopolitical risks to growth, but chose to prioritise inflation as the more proximate concern. The MPC turned …

Retail inflation for farm, rural workers rises to 6.09%, 6.33% in March

Retail inflation for farm and rural labourers increased to 6.09 per cent and 6.33 per cent, respectively, mainly due to higher prices of certain food items and clothing. “Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL (consumer price index-agricultural labourers) and CPI-RL (consumer price index rural labourers) stood at 6.09 per cent and …

Make haste slowly: Inflation is a concern, but growth worries require adequate liquidity

The significant change in the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC’s) stance on Friday, to one that is less accommodative and accords priority to inflation concerns over growth, was quite warranted. The fact that the pricing of the Standing Deposit Facility (SDF), now the effective floor of the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) corridor, at 3.75% was a …

Firmly out of RBI’s comfort zone: All eyes will be on how the central bank calibrates its response to inflation

Worsening geopolitical tensions, with Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine since February, are a proximate cause of across-the-board price pressures that undermine assumptions of Budget FY23. The biggest challenge for the government is to rein in inflation, especially prices of food, oil and commodities that threaten to erode living standards of vast sections of the population. …

Economy facing unprecedented inflation, says ITC boss Sanjiv Puri; lists 3 focus points to maintain growth

The Indian economy is facing unprecedented inflation just as the country is headed out of the covid-19 pandemic, said Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and Managing Director of ITC Ltd. The Indian economy is facing unprecedented inflation just as the country is headed out of the covid-19 pandemic, said Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and Managing Director of ITC …

Pricing in Inflation: Where is core CPI inflation headed?

If the asymmetric behaviour in the past is a guide, the catch-up in core-CPI inflation could come quite fast. The unrelenting increase in producer prices, represented by the wholesale price index (WPI), and the widening gap against its retail complement—a quarterly 6, 7 and 9 percentage points to December 2021 respectively—raises the question about eventual …