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Food price inflation rises to 17.94%
Published on 12 Feb. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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India’s annual food inflation based on wholesale prices rose to 17.94% for the week ended Jan 30 from 17.56% the week before, according to official data released Thursday. Prices of essential items kept rising with vegetables dearer by 20.93%, potatoes 40.57%, pulses 41.24% and fruits 8.67% during the 52-week period. The limited data on the wholesale index released by the commerce and industry ministry further showed rise in index for primary articles by 15.75% while that for fuels rose 10.44%. India’s overall inflation rate, based on the wholesale prices index, had risen sharply to 7.31% in December from 4.78% the previous month mainly on account of higher food prices.

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