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Producer prices down 2.6% in June

Updated: Jul 10,2016 10:59 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s producer price index (PPI), which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, slid 2.6 percent year on year in June, the National Bureau of Statistics said on July 10.

The PPI decline narrowed from a 2.8-percent decrease in May, with industrial product prices slightly rebounding consecutively in the past six months on an annual basis.

However, the June reading marked the 52nd straight month of decline as China’s economic slowdown and industrial overcapacity weighed on prices.

The PPI dropped 3.9 percent year on year in the first half of 2016.

On a month-on-month basis, June’s PPI edged down 0.2 percent.

Although the condition of commodity prices continued to improve, industrial product prices are unlikely to recover substantially as domestic demand remained weak, said HSBC chief China economist Qu Hongbin.

He called for measures to restore business confidence as deflation risks are still there.

The PPI figures came along with the release of the consumer price index, which rose 1.9 percent year on year in June, slowing from 2 percent in May.

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