Retail inflation at 6-month high of 2.92% in Apr

Retail inflation inched up to a six-month high of 2.92 per cent in April due to a spike in food prices, including vegetables, meat, fish and eggs, according to the official data released on Monday.

Inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was at 2.86 per cent in the previous month and 4.58 per cent in April 2018, the data by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed.

The rate of price rise in April is the highest since October 2018 when the rate was 3.38 per cent.

Inflation in the food basket was 1.1 per cent in April, up from 0.3 per cent in March. Prices of vegetables rose by 2.87 per cent against a contraction in March. Fruit prices, however, declined in April compared to the year-ago month.

Prices in the fuel and light category moved up by 2.56 per cent in April against 2.42 per cent in the previous month.