China's farm produce prices continue to fall

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BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- China's farm produce prices continued to fall in the week ending July 1 due to persistant drops in vegetable prices, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce.

The price index for farm produce edged down 0.8 percent in the past week, compared with a 0.9 percent fall the previous week. The index for production materials fell 0.3 percent.

The wholesale price of eggs fell 1.1 percent.

China's consumer price index rose 1.8 percent year on year in May. Food prices increased by 0.1 percent, resulting in a growth of 0.01 percent in the price index.

The average wholesale price of 80 kinds of vegetables fell 2.7 percent from a week earlier.

Food accounts for about one-third of China's consumer price index.

The wholesale price of pork, the country's staple meat, rose 0.6 percent from the previous week. The price of beef gained 0.3 percent and mutton went down 0.3 percent.