BEIJING Jan 10 China's consumer inflation eased
to 2.1 percent year-on-year in December, less than market
Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted the consumer price
index (CPI) would rise 2.3 percent, the same pace as in the
Producer prices inflated by a stronger-than-expected 5.5
percent for the month, the National Bureau of Statistics said on
Tuesday, compared with the previous month's rise of 3.3 percent.
Prodcuer prices rose the fastest since September 2011.
The market had expected producer prices to rise 4.5 percent
on an annual basis.
(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk)