The consumer price index (CPI), a major gauge of inflation, rose 1.4 percent in June compared to the same month last year, the National Bureau of Statistics said on July 9. The index grew 1.4 percent in cities and 1.2 percent in rural areas.
The CPI in the first half of the year rose 1.3 percent from the first six months of 2014, according to the bureau.
Food prices increased 1.9 percent in June compared to the same month last year — with the price of fresh vegetables rising 11.4 percent and grain up 2.1 percent.
The price of fresh fruit and eggs fell 8.8 percent and 11.3 percent respectively, while pork prices rose 7 percent.
Transportation and communication saw a 1.5 percent decline in prices from the same month last year, while the price of tobacco, alcohol, clothing, medical care, entertainment, education and cultural products and services, household equipment and maintenance services and housing all went up.
Gasoline and diesel prices fell. In June, the price of fuel fell 13.7 percent compared with the same period last year.