China’s CPI slowed from 1.0% yoy to 0.7% yoy in March, falling below the expected 1.0% yoy and marking the lowest level in 18 months since September 2021. Excluding food and energy, CPI increased from 0.6% to 0.7% yoy. Food prices rose by 2.4% yoy compared to a year ago, down from 2.6% yoy in February. Notably, pork prices surged by 9.6% yoy, up from a rise of 3.9% yoy in February.
Dong Lijuan, an NBS statistician, attributed the easing consumer inflation in March to “continued resumption of production and life as well as sufficient market supplies.” He also mentioned that the fall in factory-gate prices was affected by a high comparison base in the previous year.
Meanwhile, PPI dropped from -1.4% yoy to -2.5% yoy, matching expectations and marking the steepest decline since June 2022. Dong Lijuan, senior NBS statistician, explained that “production and life continued to recover with sufficient supplies in March.”