In April 2018, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in China grew by 1.8% year-on-year, according to National Bureau of Statistics of China. Of which, the CPI went up by 1.8% in cities, 1.7% in rural areas, 0.7% in food, 2.1% in non-food, 1.3% in consumer goods, and 2.6% in services. From January to April 2018, the overall consumer prices were up by 2.1% from the same period of last year.
The consumer prices fell by 0.2% month-on-month. Of which, prices went down by 0.2% in cities, 0.3% in rural areas, 1.9% in food, 0.5% in consumer goods; prices went up by 0.2% in non-food and 0.3 % in services.
In April, the prices of eight categories all increased year-on-year. Of which, prices of food, tobacco, and liquor grew by 1.1% year-on-year, affecting nearly 0.32 percentage points increase in the CPI. Prices increased by 5.2% in health care, 2.2% in residence, 2.0% in education, culture, and recreation, 1.5% in household articles and services, 1.1% in clothing, 1.1% in transportation and communication, and 0.9% in other articles and services.
Prices of food, tobacco, and liquor fell by 1.2% month-on-month, affecting nearly 0.37 percentage points decrease in the CPI.
In comparison, the prices of all the other seven categories increased month-on-month. Of which, the prices of transportation and communication, other articles and services, up 0.6% and 0.4% respectively, clothing, household articles and services, education, culture and recreation, health care, all increased 0.2%, residence increased 0.1%.