Inflation in China remains worryingly weak, official producer and consumer price data for May confirmed today.
The CPI was up 0.2% y/y last month, only slightly increased from the 0.1% y/y pace in April.
The producer price index shows that the disinflationary trend is continuing. It has been falling year-on-year for the past eight months, accelerating from 3.6% y/y to 4.6% y/y in May. This is the steepest decline in seven years.
Producer prices are a leading indicator of consumer inflation and the overall economy. The latest data confirms the weakness of the world's second-largest economy.
The shallow inflation frees the People’s Bank of China to stimulate the economy further by cutting interest rates or putting pressure on the renminbi.
As a result, USDCNH quickly rebounded from the previous day's pullback to trade back above 7.14, not far from the highs seen since last November.
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