August 21, 2012 / 5:42 AM / 5 years ago

India's July consumer inflation eases to 9.86 pct y/y - govt

NEW DELHI, Aug 21 (Reuters) - India's annual consumer price inflation slowed slightly in July to 9.86 percent, helped by a drop in petrol prices at the pump, government data showed on Tuesday, but a drought in parts of the country pushed food prices higher.

India has the highest retail inflation among the BRICS group of emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, China, and South Africa -- and is way above what the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) calls its comfort level.

RBI's next policy review will be on Sept. 17.

Food prices for consumers accelerated to 11.53 in July from 10.71 percent in June.

Inflation as measured by India's benchmark wholesale price index dropped to 6.87 percent in June, nearly three-year low, helped by slower increases in fuel prices, data on Aug. 14 showed.

Unlike most central banks, the Reserve Bank of India mainly uses the wholesale price index for monitoring inflation. Annual consumer price inflation data was only launched this year. (Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Jijo Jacob)

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