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China's inflation stays at 2.3 per cent in July, well below government target

A fruit vendor attends to a customer in Beijing, China, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. China's consumer price index rose 2.3 percent in July from a year earlier, well below the ruling Communist Party's 3.5 percent target for the year. Prices for fruits and eggs rose the fastest.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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A fruit vendor attends to a customer in Beijing, China, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. China's consumer price index rose 2.3 percent in July from a year earlier, well below the ruling Communist Party's 3.5 percent target for the year. Prices for fruits and eggs rose the fastest.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING, China - China's consumer price index rose 2.3 per cent in July from a year earlier, well below the ruling Communist Party's 3.5 per cent target for the year.

The latest inflation rate was unchanged from June, according to data released Saturday by the National Bureau of Statistics.

The rise in the index was driven largely by higher food prices, which increased by 3.6 per cent. Prices for fruits and eggs rose the fastest.

Experts expect the inflation to stay stable this year, leaving room for interest rate cuts or other measures to stimulate the economy if necessary.

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