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WPI Slides, CPI touches New High, Factory Output Remains Down

Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for the month of January, 2016
continues with the deflationary trend, as inflation stood at (-)0.90% as
compared to (-)0.73% in the previous month. Inflation has stayed negative
consecutively for the past 15 months. This is the leanest period observed since
the WPI Index was launched in 2005. The fall in WPI inflation is mainly
contributed due to slide in Crude Prices which ensured that wholesale inflation
remained negative. The food inflation rose to 6.02% as compared to 8.17% in the
previous month. The fuel and power
segment, inflation declined by (-)9.20% as compared to (-)9.15% in the previous
Wholesale Inflation takes into account the prices paid by the
manufacturers on the goods imported and used as inputs. The main reason behind
the WPI remaining in the negative is the continuous slide in Crude prices in
the International Market and weak demand. However, the rising Food Inflation is
a cause of concern. On month to month basis Primary articles rose by 4.63% and
Manufactured products fell by (-)1.17%. The index provides Primary Articles
with 20.11% weightage, 64.97% for manufactured products and power & fuel
with 14.91%.
The Inflation figure for November has been revised to (-)2.04% from
provisional estimate of (-)1.99%.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) is at 17 month high, as it rose
consecutively for the 6th month to 5.69% in the month of January, 2015 as
compared to 5.61% in the previous month. The food inflation rose to 6.85% from 6.4%
in the previous month. Consumer Food Inflation has 47% weightage in CPI Index.
RBI will now be cautious as it will struggle to keep the CPI under
6% as projected previously. With CPI on rise, which is attributed to higher
weightage being given to retail inflation, reflects the true impact of
inflation on Common People. Going forward, stability in CPI will lead to
strengthening of the economy and would call for changes in the monetary policy.
Index of Industrial Production (IIP) slowed during the period as
it contracted by 1.3% in December,2015 as compared to slide of 3.4% (revised) in
November,2015. It is the second consecutive month that the IIP has contracted.
The slide is mainly contributed to decline in the Manufacturing
Sector, which fell by 2.44%, whereas Mining sector grew by 2.9%, while the
Consumer Non Durables sector fell by 3.2%. However, Consumer Durables and
Electricity sector grew by 16.49% and 3.15% during the same period.
The growth of factory output is essential for the economy and slowing
down does augur well for it. Industrial growth is mandatory to generate jobs
for individuals, however the turbulent European Crisis and Chinese downturn is
a cause of concern and one needs to be cautious going forward. The Indian
Economy however seems to be on the right track and holds good for the future.
As I had mentioned previously, growth in Manufacturing Sector is
the only way forward for the economy. Thus the rise in the core sectors along
with few others will definitely help the Economy to move forward. Manufacturing
Output also constitutes 75% of IIP data.
RBI has set a target of maintaining CPI below 6% but will struggle
to achieve it in my opinion.
RBI wants to ease Consumer Inflation to 4% which for the moment
seems to be an ambitious target, which will be tough to meet.
The continuing deflationary trend also does not augur too well for
the economy as it indicates weak demand, which in turn slows the production
thereby leading to poor wages and lack of job creation.
Exports have been decline for quite some time now which will
impact India’s earnings. The fall is mainly contributed to poor global demand
and softening of crude prices. Global Economic slowdown has not helped India’s
cause either. Exports are on decline on 14 months consecutively. 
Global Sentiments are pretty reserved at this point of time with
China slowing down. The major challenge at this point of time is to ensure
economic stability and safeguard the Interests of developed and developing
economies of the world.

India is emerging as the most preferred destination for the
Investors and promises to bring in more and more investments which augurs well
for the economy as well the as the population.

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