According to the latest release from the National Bureau of Statistics on July 9, China’s producer prices continued to fall in June, indicating a prolonged weakness in demand.
In June, China’s Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures the average change in the price of goods and services sold by manufacturers and producers in the wholesale market, fell 4.8 percent year on year, compared to the 4.6 percent drop in May. Month on month, the producer price index in June went down 0.4 percent. The drop in June marks the 40th consecutive month of the decline of the index and represents the sharpest drop since 2009.
For the 4.8 percent PPI drop, prices of production materials fell 6.2 percent in June, contributing 4.7 percentage points to the PPI drop during the month. Prices of consumer goods were down 0.2 percent.
Source: National Bureau of Statistics, July 9, 2015 http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/zxfb/201507/t20150709_1211569.html