China’s annual inflation dips to 2-year low in April



China’s annual consumer inflation eased to a two-year low in April owing to a further slowdown in both food and non-food costs, according to data released on Thursday. The consumer price index (CPI) increased 0.1% year-on-year in April, the slowest rate since early 2021, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

The figure was better than market forecasts of a 0.4% hike, following a 0.7% annual rise in March.

Food inflation slowed to a 13-month low of 0.4% in April, from 2.4% in March, while non-food inflation came in at 0.1%. Core inflation, excluding food and energy, was constant at 0.7% on an annual basis in April.—AA