Chinese price pressures intensified in September with both consumer and producer price inflation topping expectations.
According to the NBS, consumer price inflation (CPI) grew by 1.9% from a year earlier, a result was well ahead of the 1.3% pace seen in August and forecasts for an acceleration to 1.6%.
It was the fastest annual pace since June. Over the month, CPI rose by 0.7%.
Breaking down the headline figure, the NBS reported that food inflation grew by 3.2% over the past year, up from 1.3% in August.
Pork prices, a staple of the Chinese diet, rose by 5.8% over the same period, a slight deceleration on the 6.4% pace reported previously.
That slowdown was more than offset by a huge 10.7% increase in vegetable prices in September, leaving them up 6.7% on the levels of a year earlier.
The NBS suggested that adverse weather conditions in Southern China over summer contributed to the surge in prices.