An Inflation Primer

June 20th, 2008 - 4:18 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Following is an inflation primer for you and me: Inflation at 11.05 percent - highest in 13 years

Expect 25-30 basic points CRR (cash reserve ratiio) hike.

Food articles down 1.1 percent

Non-food articles up 1.4 percent

Manufacturing products up 0.3 percent

Fuel, power and lubricants up 7.8 percent

Air Turbine Fuel (ATF) up by 14 percent.

What Finance Minister P. Chidamabaram has to say:

– Hike in petrol prices unavoidable

–Had warned cabinet about fuel price hike pushing inflation

–Rise in inflation was expected

–Have to look at stronger steps on fiscal, monetary policy

–94 percent weekly jump in inflation due to petrol products

–Crude oil prices have increased by about 37 percent since budget 2008

–Of the weekly increase of 1.77 points, 1.67 contributed by petroleum products

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