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  1. Peg puts question of consumer price index rise out of the equation

    Posted Aug 25th 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... The peg determines whether our consumer prices go up or down. The only way Mr Tang could ever have a say in it is if he were to scrap the peg. Think about it. If either he or Joseph Yam Chi-kwong ... touted everywhere but the fact is our prolonged bout of deflation ended in August last year. As the chart shows, since that time the trend of consumer prices has been up. All that happened ...

  2. Housing weighs on consumer prices

    Posted Oct 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle The falling cost of housing continues to be a drag on consumer prices in Hong Kong. Economists say that with the economy showing signs of cooling, the inflation rate is unlikely to accelerate soon. Figures issued by the Census and Statistics Department show the composite consumer price index (CPI) rose a nominal 0.7 per cent last month compared with the same time ...

  3. HK's return to inflation still on the horizon

    Posted Sep 24th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle Celebrations for Hong Kong's apparent return to inflation last month may have been a little premature. A lower-than-expected consumer price index figure issued yesterday indicates that price levels have actually reverted to where they were at the start of the year. While the nominal year-on-year CPI increase in August was 0.8 per cent, about 0.2 percentage points ...

  4. Power prices

    Posted Oct 31st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... What do you think of a system that would tie power tariffs to the consumer price index and interest rates? It could replace the current scheme of control, due to expire in 2008, which guarantees the power companies a minimum profit. Share your views: write to us. ...

  5. Mainland acts to keep price increases in check

    Posted May 10th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Commission website yesterday said the ceilings set included a 1 percentage-point increase in the monthly rate of consumer price inflation- or a 4 percentage-point rise in the annual rate. In either instance, new projects that would worsen inflation are to be frozen by regional authorities for three months. The mainland's consumer price index rose 2.8 per cent in the first quarter over ...

  6. Surging prices raise prospect of rate rise

    Posted Jun 12th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan has said he would consider raising interest rates if the consumer price index (CPI) increase exceeded 5 per cent. It rose 3.8 per cent in April, from ... Allen T. Cheng in Beijing Inflation hits 4.4pc, close to central bank tripwire for considering interest hike Consumer prices were up 4.4 per cent last month over the same period last year- ...

  7. Rents keep HK inflation mild in November

    Posted Dec 24th 2004, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng The consumer price index rose 0.2 per cent last month compared with a year ago, the same pace of growth as in October. Continuing weakness in housing rentals kept inflation mild. The Consumer Price Index figures were released yesterday by the Census and Statistics Department. A government spokesman said overall inflation was still very slight as low home rentals ...

  8. Consumer prices see biggest rise in 7 years

    Posted Aug 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting Though core inflation is falling, figures spark fresh debate over interest rates China's consumer prices went up 5.3 per cent year on year last month, the highest rise in seven years, stirring up fresh debate over whether the central bank will raise interest rates soon. The consumer price index (CPI) continued its upward trend last month on the back of high ...

  9. Inflation tipped to continue easing

    Posted Nov 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting China's inflation rate will continue to ease for the rest of the year, say the mainland's top economic decision-makers. 'The consumer price index [CPI] for November ... This three-percentage-point difference could account for the 0.9-percentage-point drop in CPI since food prices contributed to one third of the index, the report explained. ...

  10. Consumer prices set to gather pace

    Posted May 18th 2004, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... Christine Chan Economists expect mainland consumer prices to rise faster in the next quarter, further raising prospects for an interest rate increase. The consumer price index, a benchmark ... month, central bank deputy governor Wu Xiaoling said the bank would consider raising rates if consumer price pressures were to tip the real lending rate into negative territory. ...




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