• Cheaper food items, including fruit and vegetables, pulled down the Consumer Price Index (CPI) by 0.44 per cent month-on-month in December 2011.
  • The CPI, based on retail prices, stood at 113.9 points in December compared to 114.4 points in November, as per data released by the government on Jan 18.
  • The fall was mainly on account of cheaper vegetables which saw a dip of 15.01 per cent month-on-month to 98.5 points. The fruit index also fell by 3.78 per cent to 122.2 points.
  • Similarly, the index for condiments and spices went down by 0.64 per cent to 123.9 points.
  • However, CPI for clothing, bedding and footwear stood higher at 122.2 points on an all-ndia basis, against 121.5 points in November.
  • However, the data for housing was compiled only for urban areas.
  • The price of miscellaneous items rose by 0.09 per cent in December vis-a-vis November, as per the CPI data, with the index for this segment rising to 112.8 points on a countrywide basis in the month under review from 112.7 points in the previous month.