Headline inflation seen easing to near 5 percent - FM

SINGAPORE Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:39pm IST

Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram speaks during a news conference in New Delhi March 20, 2013. REUTERS/B Mathur/Files

Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram speaks during a news conference in New Delhi March 20, 2013.

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The annual headline inflation is expected to moderate to near 5 percent as there was reasonable price stability in some major commodities, the finance minister said on Thursday.

P. Chidambaram made the comment in a lecture at the National University of Singapore.

India's wholesale price index based headline inflation rose to an eight-month high in October at 7 percent, driven by costlier fuel and manufactured goods, raising the prospect of a fresh interest rate hike.

Chidambaram also said the fiscal deficit target of 4.8 percent of gross domestic product in 2012/13 would not be breached under any circumstances, even as many private economists say the deficit could cross the 5 percent mark. (Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Richard Borsuk)

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