Retail inflation for factory worker inches to 10.68% in May

InflationLargest upward contribution to the change in current index came from food group which increased by 1.22%. (Reuters)

Retail inflation for industrial workers rose marginally to 10.68 per cent in May on account of increase in the prices of food items, cigarette, country Liquor, electricity charges and allopathic medicines.

"The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 10.68 per cent for May, 2013 as compared to 10.24 per cent for the previous month and 10.16 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year," a Labour Ministry statement said here.

Similarly, the statement said, "the food inflation stood at 13.24 per cent against 12.39 per cent of the previous month and 10.61 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year."

According to the statement, the CPI-IW for May rose by 2 points and was pegged at 228 and on one month percentage change, it increased by 0.88 per cent between April and May compared with 0.49 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward contribution to the change in current index came from food group which increased by 1.22 per cent, contributing 1.64 percentage points to the total change.

At item level, rice, arhar dal, fish fresh, poultry (chicken), milk, chillies green, garlic, ginger, tomato, root & green vegetables, tea leaf, tea (readymade), cigarette,

country liquor prices, electricity charges, medicine (allopathic), and repair charges, are responsible for the rise in index.

However, this (surge in index) was compensated by petrol putting downward pressure on the index.

At centre level, Chennai and Nagpur recorded the largest increase of 8 points each followed by Nasik (7 points) and Warrangal, Coonoor, Hubli Dharwar, Madurai and Tripura (6 points each).

Among others, 5 points rise was registered in 2 centres, 4 points in 14 centres, 3 points in 6 centres, 2 points in 12 centres, and 1 point in 12 centres.

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