Consumer Price Index

China inflation slows to 2.1pc, lending falls point to economic weakness

A woman chooses vegetables in a market in Changchun, China's Jilin Province. Vegetable prices fell 13.8 per cent in May from April, dragging down the month-on-month headline CPI by 0.5 percentage points. Photo: Xinhua

The National Bureau of Statistics said China’s consumer inflation slowed to 2.1 per cent, the lowest in three months, while producer prices fell 2.9 per cent from a year earlier, the lowest since September.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 4:54pm

BOJ mulls symbolic lift in price forecast

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Photo: Xinhua

The Bank of Japan is considering boosting its consumer price outlook to signal confidence it will meet a pledge to achieve 2 per cent inflation in two years, people familiar with the central bank's discussions have said.

13 Apr 2013 - 6:26am

China consumer inflation hits 10-month high

Qian Yingyi, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People's Bank of China, said the central bank 'may take action to prevent boom-and-bust cycles' to combat inflation.

The consumer price index (CPI) rose 3.2 per cent last month from a year ago, pushed up by higher food prices during the Lunar New Year festival, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday. Consumer prices in February were 1.1 per cent higher than January.

10 Mar 2013 - 8:56am

Inflation is controllable, People's Bank of China deputy Yi Gang says

Yi Gang. Photo: Bloomberg

Speaking on the sidelines of the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, deputy central bank governor Yi Gang said the mainland's inflation rate will rise "slightly" this year, partly due to lagging effects, but Beijing is confident that it can keep price pressures under control.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Cold winter pushes up mainland inflation

A vegetable vendor waits for customers at a market in Beijing as vegetable prices soar amid bad weather and poor transport. Photo: AP

Inflation on the mainland rose last month for the second consecutive month amid the coldest winter in nearly three decades, although economists believe prices will remain under control in the near term.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

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Japanese manufacturers are growing increasingly pessimistic.

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15 Dec 2012 - 4:33am

China's economy shows added signs of recovery

Growth in investments in new projects rose to 48.6 per cent last month from 35.2 per cent. Photo: Reuters

The mainland economy showed signs of further recovery last month as inflation remained subdued, reducing the likelihood that there will be forceful measures to bolster expansion.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Work-cheap model hits Singapore inflation wall

Higher prices are pressuring wages in Singapore. Photo: AFP

When dozens of Chinese bus drivers held Singapore's first strike in 26 years last week, the island deported the perpetrators. Getting rid of the soaring prices that are emboldening calls for higher wages won't be as easy.

Rising housing, transport and business costs have given the city state the fastest inflation among the developed world's biggest economies.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Salary growth slows in China

The companies who put up these job advertisements in Zhuji in Zhejiang province can expect slower wage growth this year. Photo: AFP

Mainland wage gains have moderated on weaker corporate profits, capping consumer demand as the government seeks to sustain a rebound after a seven-quarter economic slowdown.

27 Nov 2012 - 4:21am

China's low inflation sets the tone for policy easing

These prices at a Chengdu supermarket yesterday will have reflected a small gain from August. Photo: Xinhua

China's inflation moderated last month as food price increases decelerated, lifting hopes for policy easing from Beijing.

Concern over a rebound in inflation and property prices may restrict the central bank's motivation to cut interest rates further, though it may still adopt tools to adjust liquidity in the banking system, analysts say.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

China slowdown deepens as factory output weakens

Workers assemble a car in an automobile factory in Beijing. China reported weak growth in industrial output in August. Photo: AFP

China’s industrial output growth weakened in August to its slowest pace in more than three years, official figures showed on Sunday, confirming a deepening slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Soaring grain prices stoke inflation fears

Just a few days ago, economists were fretting about signs of deflation in the Chinese economy, given falling prices for everything from clothing to telecommunications to food.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

China's inflation statistics don't show the true picture

Last week's edition of The Economist magazine carried a fascinating article detailing the tricks Argentina's official statisticians use to disguise their country's true rate of inflation.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

China's rate of inflation at slowest in 14 months

China's stubbornly high inflation eased last month, partly reflecting last year's high base, a cooling economy and softening commodity prices, and analysts expect price pressures to continue to ease.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Inflation figures set alarm bells ringing over economic outlook

Many opinions were expressed after the National Bureau of Statistics' release of economic figures on Friday, and they were divided over the economy's prospects for the rest of the year.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am