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China Jan consumer inflation quickens to 2.5%, beating forecasts

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China's consumer inflation rate quickened to 2.5 per cent in January from a year earlier, the highest since May 2014 and beating market expectations.

[BEIJING] China's consumer inflation rate quickened to 2.5 per cent in January from a year earlier, the highest since May 2014 and beating market expectations.

Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted the consumer price index (CPI) would rise 2.4 per cent, the biggest gain in nearly three years, versus a 2.1 per cent gain in December.

The producer price inflation rate accelerated to 6.9 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday, compared with the previous month's rise of 5.5 per cent.

The producer price index (PPI) rose the fastest since August 2011.

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The market had expected producer prices to rise 6.3 per cent on an annual basis.

Inflation expectations have been rising in most major developed economies, except Japan, since mid-2016 in line with a global recovery in manufacturing, which has boosted prices of crude oil and other resources such as iron ore.

That has sparked talk of tighter monetary policy, though consumer inflation in China is believed to be still well within the central bank's comfort zone.

REUTERS

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