Inflation rises to 4.35%

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) The headline inflation rate for the week ended February 9 rose to 4.35 per cent, compared to its previous week's level of 4.07 per cent, due to rise in prices of food products and textiles.

The annual inflation rate was 6.52 per cent during the corresponding week of the previous year, an official statement said.

The wholesale price index for 'All Commodities' for the week ended February 9, rose by 0.3 per cent to 218.1 (Provisional) from 217.4 (Provisional) for the previous week.

The index for 'Primary Articles' rose by 0.6 per cent to 225.0 (Provisional) from 223.6 (Provisional) for the previous week.

The index for 'Food Articles' group rose by 0.8 per cent to 221.6 (Provisional) from 219.9 (provisional) for the previous week due to higher prices of arhar and fruits and vegetables (three per cent each), condiments and spices (two per cent) and fish-marine, bajra and barley (one per cent each).

However, the prices of jowar (one per cent) declined.

The index for 'Non-Food Articles' group rose by 0.3 per cent to 217.0 (Provisional) from 216.3 (Provisional) for the previous week due to higher prices of gingelly seed (nine per cent), groundnut seed (two per cent) and cotton seed (one per cet).

However, the prices of sunflower (six per cent) and raw wool (three per cent) declined.

The index for 'Fuel, Power, Light and Lubricants' group remain unchanged at its previous week's level of 334.0 (Provisional).

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