In case you had forgotten, one of the many things mainland China has exported over the last two decades or so is deflation. Data published this morning, showing that in August PPI fell at an annualised rate of 0.8 per cent, accelerating from July’s -0.3 per cent, is a timely reminder. This is the highest measure of producer price deflation since August 2016, but way above the record low set in July 2009 when it was a minus 8.2 per cent. Note that CPI, also released today, is running at 2.8 per cent Y/Y.
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