SHANGHAI, March 9, 2017 - A consumer selects vegetables at a supermarket in Shanghai, east China, March 7, 2017. China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, advanced 0.8 percent year on year in February, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday. It was well below market expectation of 1.7 percent, and substantially lower than the growth of 2.5 percent in January. On a monthly basis, the CPI declined 0.2 percent.
A consumer selects vegetables at a market in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, March 9, 2017.