The News Scroll 13 September 2018  Last Updated at 12:12 am | Source: IANS

Retail inflation cools down but October RBI rate hike imminent: SBI report

Retail inflation cools down but October RBI rate hike imminent: SBI report
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Mumbai, Sep 13 Even as the country's retail inflation cooled off in August, an October rate hike by the Reserve bank of India (RBI) is imminent, a SBI Ecowrap report said on Wednesday.

"Even though CPI (Consumer Price Index) inflation has cooled off, we believe October rate hike of 25 bps is imminent, but the question is whether the magnitude of rate hike could be even higher by 25 bps (say 50 bps)," the report said.

"A currency crisis by logic calls for a bigger rate intervention, but given that RBI is now an inflation targeting central bank, it will be really difficult to justify such action with inflation numbers continuing to be in 4-4.7 per cent range through current fiscal, with the downside at sub 3.5 per cent in November 2018. Clearly, the RBI is now caught between Scylla and Charybdis!"

According to the data furnished by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), lower food prices eased India's August retail inflation to 3.69 per cent from 4.17 per cent in July.

However, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the CPI in August 2018 was higher than in the corresponding period last year when it stood at 3.28 per cent.

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