A massive fall in food prices and cost of primary articles eased India's annual inflation rate based on wholesale prices to 4.53 per cent in August from a 5.09 per cent rise in July.
However, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) furnished by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Friday was still higher than 3.24 per cent reported for the corresponding period of 2017.
"Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 3.18 per cent compared to a build-up rate of 1.41 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous year," the ministry said in a statement.
On a sequential basis, the expenses on primary articles, which constitute 22.62 per cent of the WPI's total weight, slipped by (-) 0.15 per cent, from an increase of 1.73 per cent in July.
Similarly, the prices of food articles dipped. The category has a weight of 15.26 per cent in the WPI index. It deflated by (-) 4.04 per cent from a rise of (-) 2.16 per cent.
Interestingly, the cost of fuel and power category, which commands a 13.15 per cent weight, increased at a slower pace of 17.73 per cent from a growth of 18.10 per cent.
However, expenses on manufactured products registered a rise of 4.43 per cent from 4.26 per cent.