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China confident of hitting 3% consumer inflation target in 2016: planner

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China is confident of reaching its official consumer inflation target of around 3 per cent this year, the country's top economic planner said on Tuesday.

[BEIJING] China is confident of reaching its official consumer inflation target of around 3 per cent this year, the country's top economic planner said on Tuesday.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in an online statement that the average growth of consumer inflation in the second half of 2016 will ease from the first six months.

It added that declines in the producer price index (PPI) will also ease in the second half of this year.

The consumer price index (CPI) rose 1.8 per cent in July from a year earlier, compared with a 1.9 per cent increase in June, and matching this year's low hit in January.

The producer price index (PPI) fell 1.7 per cent in July from a year ago, smaller than June's 2.6 per cent decline.

REUTERS