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China's inflation rises in July, propelled by food prices

12:12 AM Aug 11, 2020 | Xinhua

Food prices, which account for nearly one-third of the weighting in China's CPI, saw a 2.8 percent increase in July.

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's consumer inflation accelerated for the second straight month in July on the back of higher food prices, official data showed Monday.

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Consumer price index (CPI), the main gauge of inflation, grew 2.7 percent year on year last month, expanding from a 2.5-percent gain in June and a 2.4-percent rise in May, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

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On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, food prices, which account for nearly one-third of the weighting in China's CPI, edged up 2.8 percent last month.

In breakdown, pork prices climbed 10.3 percent from June due to tight supplies and increasing demand from the recovering catering industry.

Prices of vegetables rose 6.3 percent from June as unfavorable weather conditions disrupted supplies and transport.

Compared with the same period last year, food prices remained the main driving force of consumer inflation in July, rising 13.2 percent year on year and contributing 2.68 percentage points to the CPI growth.

Excluding food and energy, the core CPI rose 0.5 percent year on year, down from 0.9 percent in June, according to Dong Lijuan, a senior statistician with the NBS.

The overall inflation is under control as the core CPI hit a record low, said Wen bin, chief analyst at China Minsheng Bank.

In the first seven months of this year, CPI rose 3.7 percent year on year.

Monday's data showed China's producer price index, which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, fell 2.4 percent year on year in July.

A staff member refuels a car at a gas station in Xingtai, north China's Hebei Province, June 28, 2020

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