Rangarajan expects 10% drop in Inflation by Dec

Rangarajan expects 10% drop in Inflation by Dec
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Sep 15 2008. 09 06 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Sep 15 2008. 09 06 PM IST
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha member and former chairman of Prime Minister’s economic panel C Rangarajan today said he expects inflation to ease to 10% by December.
“My own estimate is that probably by December, inflation rate may go down to 10%,” Rangarajan said on the sidelines of a Ficci seminar on financial inclusion here.
He said inflation last year was moderate almost at the end of December, so base effect will be to heighten inflation in the current year.
The base effect relates to the affect on inflation because of its level in a year-ago period.
If inflation is low in a year-ago period, the comparative inflation in the current year will look higher.
HSBC India Country Head Naina Lal Kidwai said even though international crude oil prices are low and food prices are cooling off yet it is to be watched out how does inflation behave between now and March, which is a very critical year.
Inflation stood at 12.10% for the week ended on 30 August despite moderation for three weeks in a row.
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First Published: Mon, Sep 15 2008. 09 06 PM IST