A spike in the price of fruit and vegetables pushed up China's inflation rate in September, official figures showed today. 
           
For the fourth month in a row, the consumer price index - an important barometer of retail inflation - rose, hitting its highest level since February, to 2.5%, the National Bureau of Statistics said. 

Extreme typhoon weather lashed southern China last month, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, and badly affecting agricultural production, it added.
               
The world's biggest pork producer is also scrambling to contain an outbreak of African swine fever that has spread through pig farms, with pork prices rising significantly from August.
               
Adding to the strain on consumers, the cost of diesel and gas jumped more than 20% on last year.

Oil is priced in US dollars, a currency that has risen against the yuan in recent months, making fuel imports pricier. 

China's producer price index - which is used to measure the performance of the industrial sector - decelerated to a 3.6% annual rise in September. 

That was down from 4.1% in August but above the 3.5% forecast in a Bloomberg News survey. 

While prices rose, the costs of raw materials went down, the NBS said.