Retail inflation rises to 5.21% in December

Retail inflation crossed the RBI’s comfort level and rose to 5 point 21 percent in December on rise in prices of food items, egg and vegetables, dashing hopes of interest rate cut in the near future.

The retail inflation, based on Consumer Price Index (CPI), was 4.88 percent in November. In December 2015, it was 3.41 percent.

As per the data released by the Central Statistics Office, CSO, inflation for the food basket increased to 4.96 percent in December from 4.42 percent in the preceding month.