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ANZ analysts note that the Indian headline CPI picked up in February to 2.57%y/y from 1.97% (Revised) in January, for the first time in five months, as the decline in food prices was milder than in previous months.

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“Overall inflationary pressures remain soft, with core CPI moderating for the second straight month.”

“We expect headline inflation to remain below 3% until Q3 2019.”

“Not only should this inflation trajectory allow the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut the policy repo rate by another 25bps to 6.00% at its April meeting, it could open the door to deeper cuts further out.”