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CHINA - Meat and poultry prices have risen by more than 27% in the last year. The cost of meat and poultry in June was 27.3% higher than the same month in 2007. Edible oils, grains and vegetables were up by 43%, 8.7% and 8.3%, respectively.

For the first half of the year and after adjusting for inflation, average disposable income in urban areas has risen by 6.3% to 8,065 yuan (CNY) and average personal expenditure by 5.7% to CNY 5,490.

The official report continues that the growing and economically powerful middle classes are beginning to be concerned about the trend towards rising food prices.

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