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China's food prices drop, inflation to remain low

The 10-day snapshot could reflect the trend in consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, as food prices account for nearly one-third of the prices used in calculating the index, Xinhua news agency reported.

The average price of food in 50 Chinese cities continued to drop between March 21 and March 30, official data showed on Wednesday.

The 10-day snapshot could reflect the trend in consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, as food prices account for nearly one-third of the prices used in calculating the index, Xinhua news agency reported.

Prices of pork, beef and mutton posted decline from last sampled period of March 11 to March 20, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Cucumber led the fall in vegetable prices by losing 6.4 per cent, while canola and soybean oil prices dipped by 0.4 percent.

Weakening food prices were expected to drag down the March CPI, which is was expected to grow by about 0.8 percent year on year, according to an earlier report by the Bank of Communications.

The NBS attributed the weakening CPI to sharply lowering food prices, which fell by 4.3 percent in February.

Food prices surged 27 percent in January when the festival shopping spree drove up prices.

The PPI hit its highest level since 2008, largely as a result of government measures to trim excessive industrial capacity.

The official CPI in March is due to be released by the NBS on April 12.
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