China – Aug consumer price index
10/09/2019 11:20 am MYT
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The consumer price index (CPI) in Aug rose 0.7%, month-on-month, and 2.8%, year-on-year – see table 1. Food prices jumped 3.2%, month-on-month, and 10.0%, year-on-year. Non-food prices rose 0.1%, month-on-month, and 1.1%, year-on-year. Excluding food and energy, the CPI rose 0.1%, month-on-month, and 1.5%, year-on-year. This shows that the underlying inflation trend remains mild.


The ex-factory producer price index (PPI), a leading indicator of the CPI, fell 0.8%, year-on-year, in Aug – see figure 1.

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