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China's consumer prices rose 0.9 percent year-on-year in March of 2017, following a 0.8 percent rise in February but slightly less than market consensus of a 1.0 percent gain. Cost of non-food rose more than in the prior month while cost of food continued to fall. On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.3 percent, following a 0.2 percent drop in a month earlier and matching market consensus. Inflation Rate in China averaged 5.38 percent from 1986 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 28.40 percent in February of 1989 and a record low of -2.20 percent in April of 1999.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-14 01:30 AM Jan 2.5% 2.1% 2.4% 2.3%
2017-03-09 01:30 AM Feb 0.8% 2.5% 1.7% 1.7%
2017-04-12 01:30 AM Mar 0.9% 0.8% 1% 1%
2017-05-10 01:30 AM Apr 0.9% 1.6%
2017-06-09 01:30 AM May 1.7%
2017-07-10 01:30 AM Jun 1.7%




China Inflation Rate Below Estimates In March


China's consumer prices rose 0.9 percent year-on-year in March of 2017, following a 0.8 percent rise in February but slightly less than market consensus of a 1.0 percent gain. Cost of non-food rose more than in the prior month while cost of food continued to fall.

In March, the politically sensitive food prices declined by 4.4 percent (from -4.3 percent in the prior month) while non-food cost rose 2.3 percent (from 2.2 percent). Cost of consumer goods fell 0.1 percent (from - 0.1 percent) and those of services went up 2.7 percent (from 2.4 percent).

Among food, prices dropped for: pork (-3.2 percent from -0.9 percent in a month earlier), fresh vegetables (-27.9 percent from -26.0 percent), eggs (-11.8 percent from -14.9 percent), milk (-0.2 percent from -0.2 percent) and tobaco (-0.2 percent from -0.2 percent). Meanwhile, prices rose at a faster pace for fresh fruits (3.0 percent from 2.1 percent).

For non-food categories, cost went up more than in the preceding month for: clothing (1.3 percent from 1.2 percent), household goods and services (0.7 percent from 0.5 percent), transport & communication (2.0 percent from 1.7 percent); education, culture & recreation (2.3 percent from 1.8 percent) and healthcare (5.3 percent from 5.1 percent). Prices went up at a slower pace for:  rent, fuel & utilities (2.4 percent from 2.5 percent) and and other goods and services (2.9 percet from 3.1 percent).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.3 percent, following a 0.2 percent drop in a month earlier and matching market consensus.

The producer prices index rose 7.6 percent year-on-year in March of 2017, slower than a 7.8 percent rise in February. The figure came in line with market consensus and marking the seventh straight month of increase. Cost went up at slower paces for most categories: means of production (10.1 percent from 10.4 percent in the prior month, namely extraction: 33.7 percent, raw materials: 14.9 percent and processing: 6.5 percent); consumer goods (0.7 percent from 1.1 percent, namely food production: 0.7 percent, clothing: 1.3 percent and daily use goods: 1.4 percent). In contrast, prices of consumer durable declined by 0.4 percent, following a 0.6 percent drop in February.

Statistics China l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
4/12/2017 4:55:32 AM



China Prices Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Inflation Rate 0.90 0.80 28.40 -2.20 percent [+]
Inflation Rate Mom -0.30 -0.20 2.60 -1.80 percent [+]
Consumer Price Index CPI 100.90 100.80 128.40 97.80 Index Points [+]
Core Consumer Prices 102.00 101.80 102.50 98.40 Index Points [+]
Core Inflation Rate 2.00 1.80 2.50 -1.60 percent [+]
GDP Deflator 622.50 625.00 625.00 100.78 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices 107.60 107.80 113.47 91.80 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices Change 7.60 7.80 13.47 -8.20 percent [+]
Export Prices 106.68 104.06 111.90 90.70 Index Points [+]
Import Prices 113.88 112.77 122.70 79.60 Index Points [+]
Food Inflation -4.40 -4.30 40.20 -5.50 percent [+]


China Inflation Rate Notes

In China, the most important components of the CPI basket are Food (31.8 percent of total weight) and Residence (17.2 percent). Recreation, Education and Culture Articles account for 13.8 percent; Transportation and Communication for 10 percent, Healthcare and Personal Articles for 9.6 percent, Clothing for 8.5 percent; Households Facilities, Articles and Services for 5.6 percent; Tobacco, Liquor and Articles for the remaining 3.5 percent. The CPI basket is reviewed every five years on the basis of household surveys. Revisions reflect new spending patterns and economic development, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Last revision took place in 2011. This page provides - China Inflation Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. China Inflation Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
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