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CPI for October eases slightly

Xin Zhiming/Wang Yanfei
Updated: Nov 10,2018 7:42 AM     China Daily

China’s consumer inflation growth eased in October due to cooling domestic demand and a high base last year, officials said on Nov 9.

Analysts said with the index expected to continue to moderate, it will not affect the country’s monetary easing this year.

The consumer price index growth was 2.5 percent last month, unchanged from September, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

But in month-on-month terms, CPI growth slowed to 0.2 percent from 0.7 percent in September.

The results are attributable to falling food prices, said Sheng Guoqing, a senior official at the bureau.

Energy prices were the main contributor to consumer inflation growth last month, Sheng said.

“The easing of consumer inflation is not surprising,” according to the Bank of China International. The CPI is expected to continue to weaken in the remainder of the year, it said.

Securities firm Nomura said China’s inflationary pressure remains “mild and contained.”

It said that China’s consumer inflation may remain mild — at 2.1 percent — for the whole of 2018 on average.

China set a CPI growth control target of 3 percent for this year in March. In 2017, real CPI growth was 1.6 percent.

Previously, the market had shown concern about surging consumer inflation, coupled with slowing economic growth. But the October CPI result shows that such worries were overblown, the Bank of China International said.

Nomura said: “We …believe contained inflation will not affect Beijing’s policy easing agenda.

“Investors should keep an eye on developments around African swine fever, but risks to headline inflation from other factors — floods in Shouguang, Shandong province, skyrocketing rents in Beijing, renminbi depreciation and escalating China-US trade tensions — are overdone.”

Growth of China’s factory-gate inflation or producer price index slowed for the fourth month in October, standing at 3.3 percent, as a result of cooling domestic demand for raw materials and a relatively high base in the same month last year.