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  1. Statisticians in bit of a twist over revised consumer price index

    Posted May 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... 28 It happens every five years, right on schedule. Our statisticians conduct a survey of household expenditure patterns, adjust the weights of the consumer price index for it and, well, ... A higher weighting for food in the total consumer basket, she says, is 'due to the increases in both prices of various basic food items and the costs of meals bought away from home'. Very ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966688/statisticians-bit-twist-over-revised-consumer-price-index
  2. China's rate of inflation at slowest in 14 months

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... prices, and analysts expect price pressures to continue to ease. The consumer price index (CPI) rose 4.2 per cent year on year last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday. The rate was the slowest pace since September of last year and well below the 5.5 per cent recorded in October. The producer price index (PPI) gained 2.7 per cent from a year ago last month, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/987316/chinas-rate-inflation-slowest-14-months
  3. Inflation persists as food prices soar

    Posted Jun 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... step up measures to curb price growth, particularly in the overheated property sector. The consumer price index (CPI), the main gauge of inflation, rose 5.5 per cent year-on-year in May, up ... average reaching 5 per cent in 2011,' said Tao Wang, chief China economist at UBS Securities. The producer price index (PPI), the main gauge of inflation at the wholesale level, rose 6.8 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/970679/inflation-persists-food-prices-soar
  4. Inflation figures set alarm bells ringing over economic outlook

    Posted Sep 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... would begin to abate in the first half of the year, which it did not. Now the question is: with the consumer price index (CPI) last month standing at 6.2 per cent year on year- in comparison ... 'There may be a chance that price rises will become worse again,' he warned on Hexun.com, another financial information site. At the same time, in a readers' survey on Hexun.com, 77 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/978755/inflation-figures-set-alarm-bells-ringing-over-economic-outlook
  5. HK's inflation rate hits 7.9pc

    Posted Aug 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... with the runaway cost of food and rent. The year-on-year rise in July's consumer price index was significantly higher than the 5.6 per cent increase recorded in June. The government attributed this to rises in rent and food prices as well as fees for overseas package tours- thanks to the weakening US dollar, to which the city's currency is pegged. A government spokesman warned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/976895/hks-inflation-rate-hits-79pc
  6. Manufacturing growth cools as anti-inflation measures bite

    Posted May 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and a moderating property sector. Growth in output, new orders, input prices and imports tapered off but still expanded. An index reading above 50 indicates expansion and below 50 indicates a contraction. ... may soften in coming months,' the official PMI report said. Although input prices dropped 2.1 points to a seven-month index low of 66.2, it had the highest reading among all sub-indices. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966622/manufacturing-growth-cools-anti-inflation-measures-bite
  7. A tall order and a magic weapon

    Posted Apr 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang China's consumer price index may be at a 32-month high but the country is still doing better than other major emerging economies. That was the assessment of the spokesman ... and India's about 9 per cent, the spokesman said. But independent commentators have expressed concern about even higher prices and their impact on the country's growth prospects. In the National ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965367/tall-order-and-magic-weapon
  8. Numbers game hides our flaws

    Posted Aug 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... other price indices such as the Composite Consumer Price Index and, since inflation returned, the deflator has lagged behind the CPI by a large amount- and continues to do so. Miraculous! ... at the quarter-on-quarter figure. On that basis GDP in the second quarter fell, even at current prices and let alone after inflation. Some short-term reasons for the dip exist- the Japanese earthquake, for one. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/976810/numbers-game-hides-our-flaws
  9. Mainland manufacturing sector continues to cool

    Posted May 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in the fourth quarter last year, signalling that commodity price inflation had began to lessen. The input price sub-index hit its lowest level in nine months at 60.1 in May from 63.1 in April, while ... rounds of rises in the reserve ratio and for interest rates. He added that consumer price inflation could hit 5.5 per cent this month compared with 5.3 per cent in April, citing a sharp rise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/968645/mainland-manufacturing-sector-continues-cool
  10. What goods will be most affected by rising inflation in China and Hong Kong? How will the consumer be affected? How should people manage this problem?

    Posted Jul 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... focuses on the impact of inflation on consumers. Jing Ulrich (chairman of global markets, China JP Morgan) highlights the issue of food price inflation. She notes that the mainland's current ... inflation has reached a high of 11.7 per cent and pork prices are again on the rise, at present 40 per cent above levels seen one year ago. Although consumer price inflation has picked up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/972492/what-goods-will-be-most-affected-rising-inflation-china-and-hong-kong-how-will

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