The consumer price index (CPI) in Anhui province rose 2.7 percent year on year in April, up 1.0 percentage points from the previous month, the Anhui Survey Office of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said. The increase in urban areas was 2.9 percent and that in rural areas 2.1 percent. Food prices climbed 2.6 percent and non-food prices increased 2.7 percent. Consumer prices rose 3.5 percent and service prices 1.3 percent. From January to April, the overall level of consumer prices in Anhui province grew by 1.6 percent year-on-year on average.
Driven by rising prices for fresh fruits, gasoline and eggs, the consumer price index in Anhui province went up 0.5 percent month-on-month in April, up from flat in the previous month. The increase was 0.4 percent in urban areas and 0.6 percent in rural areas. Food prices rose 1.8 percent and non-food prices 0.2 percent. Prices for consumer goods rose 0.8 percent, while prices for services fell 0.1 percent.
Pork prices fell 31.2 percent year on year
The price of food, tobacco and alcohol prices rose 2.8% in April, contributing 0.81 percentage points to the rise in the consumer price Index (CPI). Fresh vegetable prices grew 35.5 percent, affecting the CPI increase by 0.63 percentage points. Fresh fruit prices rose by 22.0%, affecting CPI growth by 0.39 percentage points. Meat prices fell 18.7 percent, contributing 0.74 percentage points to the CPI decline, among which pork prices fell 31.2 percent, contributing 0.56 percentage points to the CPI decline.
In the meantime, prices in the other seven categories all saw increases year-on-year. Transportation and communications prices rose 7.4 percent, education, culture and entertainment up 3.4 percent, other goods and services 2.1 percent, clothing 2.0 percent, and daily necessities and services, housing and health care 0.9 percent.
Fresh fruit prices rose 11.0% month-on-month
Month-on-month changes in the prices of goods and services in April are as follows: Food, tobacco and alcohol prices rose by 1.4%, contributing about 0.41 percentage points to the CPI increase. Fresh fruit prices went up by 11.0%, affecting CPI growth by 0.21 percentage points. The price of eggs increased by 7.1%, affecting the CPI increase by about 0.05 percentage points. The price of aquatic products grew 1.3%, affecting CPI growth of about 0.03 percentage points. Meat prices rose 1.1%, among which pork prices rose 3.1%, contributing about 0.03 and 0.04 percentage points to the CPI respectively. Fresh vegetable prices dropped 4.4 percent, contributing about 0.11 percentage points to the CPI decline.
The changes in other seven major categories of prices showed different patterns month-on-month. Transportation and communications prices rose 0.8 percent, household goods and services rose 0.7 percent, and other goods and services rose 0.2 percent. Clothing prices fell 0.4 percent and housing prices fell 0.2 percent. Education, culture and entertainment prices and health care prices remained unchanged from the previous month.