The common man does not seem to get relief from inflation. Inflation based on wholesale prices rose to 1.32 percent in September 2020 due to a spurt in food prices. According to official data released on Wednesday, the annual rate of inflation based on monthly WPI (wholesale price index) stood at 1.32 percent (provisional) in September, as against 0.33 percent in the year-ago period.

Inflation based on wholesale prices was 0.16 percent in August. Earlier WPI-based inflation was negative for four consecutive months (negative 1.57 percent in April, negative 3.37 percent in May, negative 1.81 percent in June and 0.58 percent negative in July).

According to data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the inflation in food articles stood at 8.17 percent, as against 3.84 percent in August. Grain prices declined during the period under review, while pulses became expensive.

During this period, the rate of costlier vegetables was at a high level of 36.54 percent. Potato prices were 107.63 percent higher than a year ago, although onion prices saw some drop.


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