India’s annual retail inflation in August was 3.21%, up from 3.15% in July, following higher prices of food items such as meat, fish, vegetables, and pulses.
India’s industrial production growth was 4.3% in July compared with a downwardly revised 1.2% growth in June; industrial production expanded 6.5% in July 2018. Wholesale Price Index (WPI) remained flat at 1.08% in August on a sequential basis.
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Systemic liquidity remained in surplus, necessitating frequent reverse repo auctions by the central bank. The interbank call money rate settled flat at 5.20% at the end of the period.
Government bond prices weakened. Concerns that an increase in government expenditure would impact the fiscal consolidation path pulled bond prices down.
The rupee strengthened against the US dollar tracking gains in Asian equities after the People’s Bank of China slashed the amount of cash lenders must keep in reserve.
Intermittent rise in crude oil prices and periodic dollar demand from banks on behalf of importers, limited a further rise in the rupee.
The RBI cut risk weight for consumer credit, including personal loans, to 100%; also increased the loan exposure limit of banks to a single NBFC to 20% of capital base.
The Security Exchange Board of India (SEBI) asked listed companies to settle their outstanding dues to the capital markets regulator, bourses and depositories before filing 'schemes of arrangement' such as mergers and demergers with the exchanges.
All data mentioned above is as on 15th September, 2019
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