China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 3% year on year in September, widening 0.2 percentage point compared with August mainly due to surging food prices, showed data from the National Bureau of Statistics on October 15.
Prices of food posted a faster 11.2% year-on-year growth in September, compared with 10% in August. The top driver to the growth was pork, with its prices surging 69.3% year on year due to tight supply amid African swine fever.
The country's producer price index (PPI), which tracks the prices of goods circulated among manufacturers and mining companies, dropped 1.2% year on year in September.
Producer prices in oil and gas exploration sector were down 13.4% year on year, expanding 4.3 percentage points from a month ago. Coal and other fuel processing industries saw a faster decline of 9.6% compared with 5.9% pegged in August.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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