China's consumer price index, the main indicator of inflation, increased 2.8 percent year-on-year in July, 0.1 percent more than the two previous months, marking the highest rate so far this year.

As in the case of June, the increase was driven by food prices, which rose 9.1 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics said Friday.

In this section, prices of fresh fruits registered an increase of 39.1 percent year-on-year (although it was 6.2 percent lower than in the previous month), while the price of pork – which has a high demand in China – increased by 27 percent (7.8 percent more than June) and the cost of eggs rose 10.9 percent.

The increase in non-food prices was 1.3 percent, 0.1 percent less than the previous month.

Prices in the services, health and education, and culture and entertainment sectors increased by 3.4 percent, 2.6 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.

In the healthcare sector, traditional Chinese medicine recorded a rise of 4.7 percent, compared to 4.5 percent witnessed by so-called "Western medicine."

Clothing prices increased by 1.8 percent year-on-year, housing by 1.5 percent, and real estate and property services by 0.8 percent.

On the other hand, prices in transport and communications fell by 2.1 percent year-on-year, with fuel accounting for a major part of it as its prices fell 9 percent.

The overall inflation for the first seven months of the year was 2.3 percent year-on-year. EFE-EPA