New Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg today attributed the rise in both wholesale and retail inflation numbers to seasonal factors and expressed hope that the rate of price rise would remain below the 4 per cent limit for the fiscal.

“Retail inflation at 3.58 per cent. Wholesale price inflation at 3.59 per cent. Inflation riding from last month s levels largely on account of food especially vegetables and protein products,” Garg tweeted.

As per the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released yesterday, retail inflation rose to a 7-month high to 3.58 per cent in October on costlier food items while Inflation, based on wholesale rates, shot up to a six-month high of 3.59 per cent as prices of food items and fuel rose sharply.

“Hopefully, increasing trend prove to be seasonal and we will continue to have sub 4 per cent inflation,” he said.

Retail inflation, a key input for RBI in setting the key interest rate, has been rising consistently since June amid a slowdown in factory output measured on Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

The Monetary Policy Committee headed by RBI Governor is entrusted with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for retail inflation of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent, while supporting the growth.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.