How do you Calculate the Wholesale Price Index?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

To Calculate the Wholesale Price Index Use the formula (Current Price / Base Period Price)× 100. Only developing countries, such as India, use the wholesale price index. Enterprises can compare and contrast their performance with that of other products and take appropriate steps to improve and expand on it.

Steps to Calculate Wholesale Price Index

A wholesale price index (WPI) is in charge of measuring the overall variations in producer prices over time. Simply put, it aids in measuring inflation based on the prices of services and goods before they reach consumers. It is calculated by using the formula (Current Price / Base Period Price) × 100.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the WPI of India inflation in May 2022 is more than 15.88% in comparison to May. In April month, it had spiked to around 15.38.

  • The WPI is calculated on the basis of goods and is a measure of the rate of price increase, also known as inflation.
  • The Wholesale Price Index represents an economy’s overall growth, assists businesses in budgeting, and assists the government in developing policies to improve underperforming sectors.

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