China’s Consumer Deflation Returns as Recovery Remains Fragile
- Consumer prices fell 0.2% year-on-year in October, data shows
- Weak data supports case for more stimulus, including RRR cut
China’s deflation pressures worsened in October as consumer prices dipped back below zero and producer cost declines deepened, adding to expectations the economy needs more stimulus to shore up growth.
Consumer prices fell 0.2% last month after hovering near zero in the previous two months, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics Thursday, lower than the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists. Producer prices fell for a 13th straight month, dropping 2.6%.