"The year on year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW (Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers) stood at 9.13 percent for December 2013 as compared to 11.47 percent for the previous month and 11.17 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year," a Labor Ministry statement said.
According the press release, the food inflation stood at 11.49 percent in December against 16.17 percent in previous month and 13.53 percent during the corresponding month of 2012.
The all India CPI-IW for December 2013 declined by four points and pegged at 239 points. On one month percentage change, it decreased by 1.65 percent between November and December compared with the rise of 0.46 percent between the same months a year ago.
The downward pressure to the change in the current index came from food group contributing (-) 4.96 percentage points to the total change.
At item level, onion, ginger, chilies green, brinjal, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, tomato, potato and other vegetable items, sugar etc. are responsible for the decrease in the index.
However, this neutralized to some extend by fish, eggs, poultry, milk, pure ghee, garlic, fire wood, ESI (employees' state insurance) contribution, etc, putting upward pressure on the index.
At the centre level, Giridih recorded maximum decline of 12 points, while Ahmadabad, Chinaware, Varanasi, Monger, Jabalpur, Nagpur and Bhavnagar (10 points), Jamshedpur (9 points) and Rourkela, Ludhiana, Tripura and Angul Talchar (8 points each).
However, Sholapur and Pondicherry centers recorded increase of four points and two points respectively and the index remained stationary in 37 centers.


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