Wholesale food prices in December remained nearly flat, up 0.07 percent year-on-year, compared with a 2 percent fall a month earlier, data showed.
Individually, in petrol and diesel inflation was 1.57% and 8.61%, respectively, and for liquified petroleum gas (LPG) it was 6.87% during December. This was on account of lowering of prices of petrol and diesel through December.
However, there was a marginal increase in prices of meat, fish, and pulses.More news: Gronkowski to weigh retirement again
India's retail inflation eased to 18-month low of 2.19 percent in December as compared with 2.3 percent in November due to cheaper fuel and food items, data released by the government showed.
Fuel and light inflation was 4.54 percent in December compared to 7.39 percent month on month, while housing inflation was 5.32 percent versus 5.99 percent (MoM).
The inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 2.33 per cent in November and 5.21 per cent in December 2017.More news: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to begin hunger strike over Iran prison treatment
Data released by the government showed fuel and power inflation slumped to 8.38 percent as against 16.28 percent in November 2018.
In its fifth monetary policy review for the fiscal, last month, the Reserve Bank kept interest rates unchanged, but held out a promise to cut them if the upside risks to inflation do not materialise.
Retail inflation has fallen to its lowest level since June 2017 and is just above the lower end of India's inflation target of 4 (+/-2) percent. Forty one economists had expected consumer inflation at 2.20 per cent in December, according to a January 3-9 poll by news agency Reuters.More news: DRC: Fayulu supporters dispersed by riot police at court