Prices are rising faster in rural areas compared to urban areas, according to the consumer price index readings for April.

Inflation was up from 7% in March to 8% in April in rural areas while it climbed 4% to 5% in urban areas.

Overall consumer prices were up 8% in rural areas while they were up only 5% in urban, during April. The comparisons are made to prices prevailing in April last year.

The biggest rise in consumer (on-street) prices was seen in fruits, whose prices jumped 34% in April in urban areas and 29% in rural. Pan and intoxicants followed closely with a rise of 15% in rural areas and spices too were up 16%.

Clothes, bedding and footwear rose by 12% and 13% in rural and urban areas respectively.

Oils, fruits, spices, intoxicants, clothing and footwear were the only items which saw 10% or higher price rise.

Vegetable prices were down by 11% in April, thanks to the high prices seen during the same time last year. Sugar too was down 6%.

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