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A worker is seen at a factory in Lianyungang economic and technological development zone of Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu Province, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Wang Chun/Xinhua)

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's producer prices continued to fall in July but the decline has kept narrowing as economic activities recovered amid effective epidemic control in the country, official data showed Monday.

The producer price index (PPI), which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, fell 2.4 percent year on year in July, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The reading narrowed from the 3-percent drop in June and 3.7-percent fall in May.

Month on month, overall producer prices gained 0.4 percent as industrial production continued to pick up and market demand gradually warmed, the NBS said, adding rising international commodities prices also played a role.

Due to rebounding global crude oil prices, prices in the sectors of oil and natural gas extraction surged 12 percent last month from June, while those for the processing of oil, coal and other fuel went up 3.4 percent.

During the January-July period, factory-gate prices were down 2 percent on average compared with the same period last year.

The PPI data came along with the release of the consumer price index (CPI), which showed consumer inflation quickening to 2.7 percent in July on higher food prices. ■

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