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China producer prices jump 6.9% in January: govt

BEIJING, Feb 14, (APP/AFP) - Prices for goods at the factory gate in China beat expectations in January, officials said tuesday, rising for a fifth straight month in a positive sign of strengthening demand as the world's second-largest economy stabilises. The producer price index (PPI) rose 6.9 percent year-on-year in the month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, outstripping an economist estimate of a 6.5 percent increase in a Bloomberg News survey. The consumer price index (CPI) also rose 2.5 percent in the month, the data showed, beating a Bloomberg analysis that forecast a 2.4 percent increase