BEIJING, May 9 (Reuters) - China's annual consumer inflation quickened to 2.4 percent in April from March's 2.1 percent, data showed on Thursday, above the market consensus and fanning worries over rising inflation pressure in the second quarter.
The National Bureau of Statistics also said that China's producer prices dropped 2.6 percent in April, sharper than an annual drop of 1.9 percent in March.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast April inflation to quicken to 2.3 percent and factory gate prices to fall 2.3 from a year earlier.
Month-on-month consumer prices rose 0.2 percent versus a forecast of an increase of 0.1 percent.
(Reporting by China Economics Team) Keywords: CHINA ECONOMY/CPI
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