Inflation is easing, but a target of 4% will be challenging

To be sure, with inflation levels above the target band for over six months, the Reserve Bank has cumulatively raised the benchmark policy repo rate by 90 basis points ( one bps is 0.01 per cent) since may and is now at 5.4 per cent Though economic activity was sluggish in July compared to June, the recovery in the Indian economy is expected to gain momentum going by the preliminary indicators like investment in capex and pick up in consumption demand.

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