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Apr 11, 2018 07:57 PM
ECONOMY

Consumer Inflation Cools, Fanning Expectations for Monetary Easing

People browse clothing at a shopping mall in Huaian, East China's Jiangsu province on April 10. Photo: VCG
People browse clothing at a shopping mall in Huaian, East China's Jiangsu province on April 10. Photo: VCG

* China’s consumer price index rises 2.1% in March

* The producer price index, which reflects changes in the prices of factory goods, increases 3.1% in March

Consumer inflation slipped to 2.1% in March from a four-year high in February, while producer price inflation fell for the fifth straight month, government data showed Wednesday.

The cooling inflationary pressure bolstered market expectations for the central bank to ease monetary policy this year, especially if economic growth slows.

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