China: Inflation falls to four-month low in April
April 9, 2018
Consumer prices dropped 0.2% from the prior month in April, following March’s 1.1% month-on-month decline. The decrease was entirely due to lower prices for food, tobacco and liquors, particularly for fresh vegetables and pork.
Inflation eased from 2.1% in March to 1.8% in April, undershooting market expectations of 1.9%. Annual average inflation, meanwhile, inched up from March’s 1.7% to 1.8% in April.
Producer price inflation rose to 3.4% in April from 3.1% in March. The print slightly missed market analysts’ expectations of 3.5% and represented the first acceleration in producer price inflation in seven months. The monthly gain mostly reflected higher commodity prices.
Author: Lindsey Ice, Economist