An Indian customer purchase vegetables from a shop at a market in New Delhi.
An Indian customer purchase vegetables from a shop at a market in New Delhi.
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New Delhi: Retail inflation spiked to a seven-month high of 3.05 per cent in May mainly due to costlier food items, government data showed on Wednesday.

The consumer price index (CPI) based retail inflation for April was revised marginally upwards to 2.99 per cent from the earlier estimate of 2.92 per cent, data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed.

Retail inflation stood at 4.87 per cent in May 2018.

The previous high was in October 2018, when the retail inflation print came in at 3.38 per cent.

As per the data, inflation in the food basket rose to 1.83 per cent in May, higher than 1.1 per cent in April.

Retail inflation is a crucial data point, keenly watched by the Reserve Bank while deciding its monetary policy.