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Analysts at TD Securities are expecting India’s headline CPI to edge higher to 2.40% y/y in January from an 18-month low of 2.2% y/y in December, remaining near the bottom end of the RBI’s 2-6% inflation target.

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“Fuel and food prices have been the main dampening forces on inflation over recent months but the pace of decline in the latter is likely to slow.”

“Underlying inflation remains sticky and this could feed into inflation expectations and ultimately higher headline inflation. Pre-election government spending may also fuel inflation pressures.”

“We expect CPI to edge higher over the coming months and move back towards 5% y/y in H2 19.”