China's consumer price index (CPI), a key measure of inflation, climbed to 3.1 percent year-on-year in September, the government said on Monday.
Consumer prices rose three percent in urban areas and 3.3 percent in rural areas, while food prices, which make up about one-third of the CPI, grew by 6.1 percent year-on-year in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said.
The September inflation figure remained below the government's annual target of 3.5 percent, following rises of 2.6 percent in August and 2.7 percent in July.
China's producer price index, which tracks factory prices, fell 1.3 percent year-on-year in September, the bureau said.
The ruling Communist Party is trying to rebalance China's economy towards greater reliance on domestic consumption, and away from growth fuelled by exports and investment.
China's annual economic growth fell to 7.8 percent last year, the slowest since 1999, and it is expected to be marginally below that figure this year. - Sapa-dpa