BEIJING -- China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 5.3 percent in April from a year ago, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Wednesday.
The April figure was down 0.1 percentage points from March's 32-month high of 5.4 percent, according to the NBS.
China's producer price index (PPI), a main gauge of inflation at the wholesale level, rose 6.8 percent in April from a year ago, down 0.5 percentage points from the previous month.
NBS spokesman Sheng Laiyun said food prices, which account for nearly a third of the basket of goods in the nation's CPI calculation, surged 11.5 percent year on year. Non-food prices rose 2.7 percent from a year earlier.
Consumer prices rose 5.2 percent in urban areas and 5.8 percent in the rural region, compared with a year earlier, said Sheng.