New Delhi: Maintaining a steady rise for the third straight month, India’s annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices jumped to 1.48 per cent in October from a rise of 1.32 per cent in September. Also Read - India's September Merchandise Exports Rise Over 5% YoY

“The rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 1.48 per cent (provisional) for the month of October, 2020 (over October, 2019), as compared to ‘0.00 per cent’ (standstill) during the corresponding month of the previous year,” a Ministry of Commerce and Industry statement on WPI said. Also Read - India's Wholesale Inflation Drops to 0.58% in July But Food Prices Soar

On a sub-segment basis, prices of manufactured items remained at elevated levels with a rise of 2.12 per cent from 1.61 per cent reported for September and (-) 0.93 per cent recorded during October 2019. Also Read - India’s Overall Exports in April-Sept 2019-20 Exhibit Positive Growth: Govt Report

The expenses on primary articles, which constitute 22.62 per cent of the WPI’s total weightage, increased to 4.74 per cent.

However, it had increased in a faster pace in September 2020 at 5.10 per cent and 6.05 per cent the corresponding month of the previous year.

The prices of food items rose by 6.37 per cent from 8.17 per cent reported for September 2020 and 9.80 per cent in October 2019.

On the commodity front, potato price increased by 107.70 per cent while it had risen by 107.63 per cent during September 2020.

Besides, onion prices in October rose 8.49 per cent against a rise of (-) 31.64 per cent in September.

Similarly, pulses became dearer by 15.93 per cent last month from 12.53 per cent in September.

(With inputs from IANS)