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਀㰀倀㸀䌀栀椀渀愀 爀愀椀猀攀搀 欀攀礀 椀渀琀攀爀攀猀琀 爀愀琀攀猀 漀渀 吀甀攀猀搀愀礀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 昀漀甀爀琀栀 琀椀洀攀 猀椀渀挀攀 伀挀琀漀戀攀爀 愀猀 椀琀 琀爀椀攀猀 琀漀 搀愀洀瀀攀渀 栀椀最栀 椀渀昀氀愀琀椀漀渀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, said the quarter-percentage-point increase lifts the one-year lending rate to 6.31 per cent and the rate for one-year bank deposits to 3.25 per cent.

਀㰀倀㸀吀栀攀 猀攀爀椀攀猀 漀昀 爀愀琀攀 爀椀猀攀猀 爀攀昀氀攀挀琀猀 挀漀渀挀攀爀渀猀 愀戀漀甀琀 漀瘀攀爀栀攀愀琀椀渀最 愀渀搀 攀砀挀攀猀猀 氀椀焀甀椀搀椀琀礀 椀渀 琀栀攀 䌀栀椀渀攀猀攀 攀挀漀渀漀洀礀 琀栀愀琀 愀爀攀 搀爀椀瘀椀渀最 甀瀀 瀀爀椀挀攀猀Ⰰ 攀猀瀀攀挀椀愀氀氀礀 漀昀 昀漀漀搀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

China's consumer prices rose 4.9 per cent in February, driven by an 11 per cent jump in politically sensitive food costs that account for half or more of household spending among the millions of Chinese who have seen little benefit from three decades of economic reform.

਀㰀倀㸀䈀攀椀樀椀渀最 椀猀 甀猀椀渀最 最爀愀搀甀愀氀 爀椀猀攀猀 椀渀 椀渀琀攀爀攀猀琀 爀愀琀攀猀 愀渀搀 戀愀渀欀 爀攀猀攀爀瘀攀 氀攀瘀攀氀猀 琀漀 猀琀愀渀挀栀 愀 昀氀漀漀搀 漀昀 氀攀渀搀椀渀最 琀栀愀琀 栀攀氀瀀攀搀 䌀栀椀渀愀 爀攀戀漀甀渀搀 焀甀椀挀欀氀礀 昀爀漀洀 琀栀攀 最氀漀戀愀氀 昀椀渀愀渀挀椀愀氀 挀爀椀猀椀猀 戀甀琀 渀漀眀 椀猀 昀甀攀氀氀椀渀最 瀀爀椀挀攀 爀椀猀攀猀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

Analysts say a bank lending boom is partly to blame for the overheating, prompting measures to curb the credit boom that is pushing up real estate and stock prices.

਀㰀倀㸀吀栀漀猀攀 洀漀瘀攀猀 愀瀀瀀攀愀爀 琀漀 戀攀 最愀椀渀椀渀最 琀爀愀挀琀椀漀渀Ⰰ 愀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 攀挀漀渀漀洀椀猀琀猀 猀愀礀 洀漀爀攀 爀愀琀攀 栀椀欀攀猀 愀爀攀 渀攀攀搀攀搀 愀渀搀 椀琀 眀椀氀氀 戀攀 洀漀渀琀栀猀 戀攀昀漀爀攀 琀栀攀 攀昀昀攀挀琀 椀猀 猀攀攀渀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

Mark Williams of Capital Economics said the rate rise was expected, but could still spark some jitters about the effect of economic tightening on growth. With inflation levelling out and the economy beginning to slow, China would be likely to rely on bank reserve requirements rather than interest rate increases to guide the economy, Williams said.

਀㰀倀㸀吀甀攀猀搀愀礀✀猀 挀栀愀渀最攀猀 ∀愀爀攀 椀渀 氀椀渀攀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 最爀愀搀甀愀氀 瀀漀氀椀挀礀 琀椀最栀琀攀渀椀渀最 琀栀愀琀 栀愀猀 戀攀攀渀 甀渀搀攀爀 眀愀礀 漀瘀攀爀 琀栀攀 氀愀猀琀 昀攀眀 洀漀渀琀栀猀 愀渀搀 眀椀氀氀 渀漀琀 搀漀 洀甀挀栀 琀漀 猀氀漀眀 琀栀攀 攀挀漀渀漀洀礀Ⰰ∀ 圀椀氀氀椀愀洀猀 猀愀椀搀 椀渀 愀 渀漀琀攀 琀漀 樀漀甀爀渀愀氀椀猀琀猀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

The central bank said bank lending in February fell 26 per cent from the same month last year to 535.6 billion yuan ($A78.76 billion).

਀㰀倀㸀䌀栀椀渀愀✀猀 戀愀渀欀猀 氀攀渀琀 樀甀猀琀 漀瘀攀爀 漀渀攀 琀爀椀氀氀椀漀渀 礀甀愀渀 椀渀 䨀愀渀甀愀爀礀⸀ 吀栀愀琀 眀愀猀 愀昀琀攀爀 琀栀攀椀爀 ㈀ ㄀  氀攀渀搀椀渀最 爀漀猀攀 琀漀 渀攀愀爀氀礀 攀椀最栀琀 琀爀椀氀氀椀漀渀 礀甀愀渀Ⰰ 漀瘀攀爀猀栀漀漀琀椀渀最 琀栀攀 漀昀昀椀挀椀愀氀 琀愀爀最攀琀 漀昀 㜀⸀㔀 琀爀椀氀氀椀漀渀 礀甀愀渀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

Analysts say Chinese leaders acted too slowly in heading off inflation after they deflected the 2008 crisis and growth quickly returned to normal levels. The government has set a four per cent inflation target this year but private sector analysts say consumer prices could rise by up to six per cent.