China's Inflation Raises 5.4% in March

Consumer prices rose 5.4 percent over a year ago, driven by 11.7 percent surge in food costs, data showed on April 15. That was up from February's 4.9 percent. 4/15/2011 9:31:01 AM

The government aims to keep this year's overall CPI rise under 4 per cent.

The CPI fell 0.2 per cent from a month earlier.

March inflation was the highest since July 2008, when prices rose 7.1 percent.

China's producer price index, a measure of wholesale factory prices that can be a leading indicator of inflation pressures, rose 7.3 per cent from a year earlier in March, the data showed, higher than February's 7.2 per cent rise.