Feb. 9, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China's consumer price index (CPI), the major gauge of inflation, increased 4.5% year on year in January, according to statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics
The CPI growth last month was higher than the 4.1% increase in December and 4.2% increase in November.
Last month, China saw its CPI rise 1.5% from December 2011.
The CPI in urban areas rose 4.5% year on year in January, while the CPI in rural areas increased 4.6% year on year, according to the statistics. NBS
said food prices went up 10.5% year on year last month, driven by a 6.1% increase in grain prices, 18.7% surge in the prices of meat, poultry and processed products and 2.0% increase in the prices of fresh eggs. The price of pork jumped 25.0% year on year last month, which contributed 0.75 percentage points to the overall CPI growth last month. Non-food prices rose 1.8% year on year in January.
The prices of tobacco products, alcohol and related products climbed 3.7% year on year, mainly driven by an 8.8% increase in alcohol prices, while the prices of household appliances and maintenance services edged up 2.6% from a year earlier.
The price of personal and health care products increased 2.6% year on year in January, while the price of clothing rose 3.3%.
There was an increase of 0.2% in the prices of transportation and communications, and an increase of 1.9% in housing costs that were driven by 0.9% increase in the prices of water, electricity and fuels, 2.4% increase in the prices of building and decoration materials and 2.6% rise in housing rentals.