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Beijing's CPI up 3.5% in Apr

May. 15, 2012 (China Knowledge) – Beijing saw its consumer price index (CPI) increased 3.5% in April mainly caused by the 8.9% growth in food prices, according to the latest statistics released by the Beijing Statistics Bureau.

According to the statistics, the city's housing prices rose 2.1% year-on-year last month, including a 2.5% increase in housing rentals and a 0.2% decrease in the price of water, electricity and fuels.

The prices of personal and healthcare products climbed2.3% year-on-year in April, and the prices of tobacco products, alcohol and related products increased 3.2% from a year earlier.

The prices of household appliances and maintenance services grew3.8% year-on-year. While the prices of entertainment, education, cultural related services edge up1.6% year-on-year.

There was a year-on-year decline of 0.3% in the price of transportation and communications, and the prices of clothing remained the same as last year.

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