Chinas inflation edges up in December despite lower crude prices but increase

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China’s inflation edges up in December despite lower crude prices, but increase still low In this Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 photo, workers pack instant noodles at a food factory in Huaibei in central China’s Anhui province. China’s consumer inflation edged up in December despite the slump in global oil prices but was still well below the official target. Prices rose 1.5 percent from a year earlier, up from November’s 1.4 percent increase, government data showed Friday, Jan. 9. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2015 8:12 pm MDT BEIJING, China – China’s consumer inflation edged up in December despite the slump in global oil prices but was still well below the official target.Prices rose 1.5 per cent from a year earlier, up from November’s 1.4 per cent increase, government data showed Friday. That was driven by sharp increases in the price of some food items, including 14 per cent for eggs and 10.4 per cent for fresh fruit.For 2014, consumer prices rose 2 per cent, well below the official target of 3.5 per cent, according the National Bureau of Statistics.Lower inflation gives Beijing room to cut interest rates or take other steps, if needed, to revive growth that slowed to a five-year low of 7.3 per cent in the quarter ending in September.The decline came despite the plunge in global oil prices over the past six months. Energy accounts for a smaller share of inflation in China, where families spend up to half their incomes on food, than in developed economies.“Although consumer price inflation has stabilized for now, we expect the fall in prices for oil and many agricultural commodities to push it slightly lower over the coming year,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report. “Nonetheless, we don’t expect it to fall to the levels currently seen in many developed countries.”Producer prices, measured as goods leave the factory, fell by 0.6 per cent from a year earlier, extending a lengthy period of declines blamed on excess production capacity in many industries.___National Bureau of Statistics (in Chinese): www.stats.gov.cn

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