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United States Consumer Price Index

Inflation rise hits hopes for monetary boost

Mainland inflation rose higher than market expectations last month due to food price increases, reducing expectations that Beijing will ease monetary policy to bolster economic growth.

Tuesday, 10 April, 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

July inflation will be 6.4pc, economists say

Mainland consumer price index figures are expected to show that inflation remained high last month, pushed up by rising food prices, economists said ahead of the official release of data. The CPI is likely to stay at around June's three-year-high of 6.4 per cent last month, the economists said.

Food prices account for about one third of the overall CPI indicator.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Inflation surge as food bills hit roof

Big increases in food costs sent inflation on the mainland spiralling to a three-year high last month.

The consumer price index (CPI) rose to 6.4 per cent, up sharply from the 5.5 per cent in May and well above the government's annual target of 4 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Inflation persists as food prices soar

Mainland consumer inflation in May surged to a 34-month high on the back of soaring food costs, reinforcing expectations that the government may step up measures to curb price growth, particularly in the overheated property sector.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Statisticians in bit of a twist over revised consumer price index

Compared with the old CPI series, the new CPI series generally shows smaller year-on-year rates of increase. This is because when the prices of various goods and services change, households tend to buy more of the goods and services with relatively smaller price increases ... to substitute those with larger price increases ...

Government news release, January 28

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

Statistics chief signals revision of housing in mainland CPI

Housing costs might be incorporated into the compilation of the consumer price index to improve the accuracy of the key inflation index, at the risk of pushing up prices from the current level, the mainland's top statistician said yesterday.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing think-tank plays down inflation fears

The mainland's economic growth will slow slightly to 11.4 per cent in the third quarter but the rising costs of consumer goods is unlikely to lead to full-blown inflation, a state think-tank said yesterday.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

The human cost

People in three main cities were asked: Have you heard about the CPI increase last month? Has it had any impact on your life?

Yang Bin, a hotel security guard in Beijing

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Consumers may be the catch for fishy set of inflation numbers

'A government spokesman pointed out that the edge-up in the consumer price inflation in December was mostly due to the temporary disruption in the supply of fresh-water fish during the month.'

Government press release

January 22

24 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing hits back at inflation critics

Statistics bureau defends excluding property prices from CPI

The central government has responded to criticism it miscalculates inflation by excluding property prices from the consumer price index, saying such purchases are investments, not consumption.

28 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Inflation fears played down despite price rises

Top economic planner Ma Kai has squarely ruled out the possible inflationary threats to the mainland economy this year, despite recent rises in prices in the country.

The mainland's consumer price index edged up 0.9 per cent in February from a year earlier. However, it was up 1.9 per cent in January, accelerating for the fourth consecutive month.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Lunar New Year distortion contributes to rise in CPI

The mainland's consumer price index rose 1.9 per cent year on year last month, accelerating for the fourth consecutive month, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

The rise was above expectations, but the increase was partly driven by seasonal factors, and price increases for energy and public facilities, economists said.

23 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Raw CPI numbers hit nerve as HK looks set to play inflation catch-up

PARDON ME FOR harping away on the inflation theme again but I think it is an important one as we are on the point of having to change our way of thinking about consumer prices after a six-year period of deflation.

27 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

How property condemns us to deflation

IT IS AN odd thing about deflation that the one component of the consumer price index (CPI) exerting the greatest downward pull on it is one that many people think is rising too fast in price.

27 Apr 2004 - 12:00am