SCIO briefing on national economic performance in H1

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Xing Zhihong, spokesperson and director general of the Department of Comprehensive Statistics, National Bureau of Statistics

Xi Yanchun, vice director-general of the Press Bureau, State Council Information Office

July 17, 2017

China National Radio:

You mentioned the composition of CPI just now. The data for a certain period of time, especially for the first half of this year, showed that the growth of food prices had been relatively stable with a slight decrease, while the prices in the service sector rose visibly. It indicated that the sub-indices of different CPI categories are moving toward different directions. What do you think of this change? Does it signify the upgrading of consumption is accelerating? What effects will the continuous price rise in the service sector have on the future trend of CPI? Will it impose certain pressure to the CPI target of this year? Thank you.

Xing Zhihong:

It is certain that the CPI target for this year will be achieved. As I introduced just now, prices in the service industry are increasing, and the main reason lies in the high consumption needs in this sector, which has lasted for a long time.

The price increase of the service sector has been maintained at a quite stable figure of over 2 percent. There are some long-term factors supporting the growth. In addition to the impact of consumption upgrading, rising labor costs also contribute to the higher price increases in the service sector than other industries.

However, looking at the overall price changes, the supply of industrial products still exceeds demand in general. The food sector maintains a relatively stable price increase under government regulation, and the overall price level of the service sector shows a stable trend, so the CPI will continue to rise moderately. In fact, the core CPI is relatively stable after deducting food and energy prices. Given these facts, the overall situation will remain stable. Thank you.

Xi Yanchun:

Thanks again for the explanation of Mr. Xing Zhihong, and thank you all. Our press conference today will end here.

By Li Xiaohua, Chen Xia, Li Jingrong, Zhang Rui, Wu Jin, Yuan Fang, Li Huiru, He Shan, Xu Lin, Zhou Jing, Mi Xingang, Zhang Liying, Gao Zhan, Zhang Jiaqi

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