China’s producer price index (PPI), which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, went up 8.3pc year on year in March, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday. The figure moderated from the 8.8pc year-on-year increase registered in February this year. On a monthly basis, China’s PPI gained 1.1pc in March, compared with the 0.5pc increase in February. Factors including price hikes of bulk commodities in the international market led to the monthly PPI increase in March, according to senior NBS statistician Dong Lijuan. Monday’s data also showed that China’s consumer price index, a main gauge of inflation, rose 1.5pc year on year in March.