An Indian customer purchase vegetabkes from a shop at a market in New Delhi on February 16, 2011.  Under attack for high food prices and slow reforms, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said his UPA has not given up its economic agenda and promised clear measures in the upcoming Budget. Food inflation has been hovering above 15 per cent in the past few months before falling to 13.07 per cent in the last week of January.   Rising food prices have pushed about 44 million people into poverty in developing countries since last June, the World Bank warned. Food costs are continuing to rise to near 2008 levels, when price spikes in food and oil had devastating impacts on the poor, the development lender said, noting its numbers were released ahead of a Group of 20 finance chiefs meeting this week.   AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN
An Indian customer purchase vegetabkes from a shop at a market in New Delhi on February 16, 2011. Under attack for high food prices and slow reforms, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said his UPA has not given up its economic agenda and promised clear measures in the upcoming Budget. Food inflation has been hovering above 15 per cent in the past few months before falling to 13.07 per cent in the last week of January. Rising food prices have pushed about 44 million people into poverty in developing countries since last June, the World Bank warned. Food costs are continuing to rise to near 2008 levels, when price spikes in food and oil had devastating impacts on the poor, the development lender said, noting its numbers were released ahead of a Group of 20 finance chiefs meeting this week. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN

New Delhi: Rising for sixth month in a row, retail inflation rose to 3.18% in June due to costlier food products such as grains, pulses and protein-rich items meat and fish, government data showed Friday.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based retail inflation was at 3.05% in the preceding month of May 2019. In the year-ago period, the retail inflation was at 4.92% in June 2018. Retail inflation has been showing a rising trend since January this year when it stood at 1.97%.

The overall food inflation based on consumer food price index rose to 2.17% in June as against 1.83% in the previous month, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation showed. The inflation for protein-rich 'meat and fish' category quickened to 9.01% during the month (against 8.12% month earlier).

For the 'pulses and products' category, the rate of price rise was sharply higher at 5.68% against 2.13%, while the inflation in the 'cereals and products' basket rose to 1.31% from 1.21% in May this year.

However, prices of fruits continued to show deflationary trend with inflation standing at (-)4.18%, while inflation in vegetables eased to 4.66%. For the 'fuel and light' category, retail inflation in June slowed a tad at 2.32%. "In line with our expectation, CPI inflation remained largely benign...despite the delay in the monsoon and kharif sowing.

"While vegetable prices are likely to firm up in the ongoing month on the basis of seasonal factors as well as higher transport costs, the pick-up in the monsoon rainfall in the last week is likely to boost sowing in the near term, which would help keep food inflation in check," said Aditi Nayar, principal economist, ICRA.

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