WPI inflation spikes to 3.18% in March on costlier food, fuel

  1. The Wholesale price inflation has increased to 3.18% in March,2019.The rise has been attributed to high food and fuel prices.
  2. Wholesale Price Inflation tracks changes in the price of goods in stages before the retail level i.e. goods that are sold in bulk and traded between organizations instead of consumers.
  3. It is measured by the Wholesale Price Index. The index basket of the WPI covers commodities falling under the three major groups namely Primary Articles, Fuel and Power and Manufactured products. It is important to note that WPI does not cover services.
  4. Wholesale Price Index is computed by the Office of the Economic Advisor (OEA),Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT),Ministry of Commerce and Industry.