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China producer prices in first rise in over 4 years: Govt

 PTI |  2016-10-15 23:37:27.0  |  Beijing

China producer prices in first rise in over 4 years: Govt

The price of goods at the factory gate rose in China for the first time in more than four years in September, officials said on Friday, in a positive sign for demand in the world’s second-largest economy.

The producer price index (PPI) rose 0.1 per cent year-on-year in the month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, adding it “ended 54 consecutive months of year-on-year falls”. Chinese firms have for years been battered by falling prices for their goods in the face of chronic overcapacity and weak demand, putting a damper on growth in a key driver of the world economy.

Protracted drops in PPI bode ill for industrial prospects and economic growth, as they put off customers -- who seek to delay purchases in anticipation of cheaper deals in future -- starving companies of business and funds.

September’s increase was the first rise since January 2012 and came in ahead of expectations of a 0.3 per cent fall in a survey of economists by Bloomberg News.

The consumer price index, a key gauge of retail inflation, rose 1.9 per cent, also above expectations of 1.6 percent.

China expanded last year at its slowest rate in a quarter of a century as Beijing strives to effect a difficult transition from reliance on exports and fixed-asset investment to an economy driven by consumers.

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