China's consumer price index was up at an annual rate of 3.2% last month, but the year-to-date rate is now at 2.6%, well under the 2013 target of 3.5%. Meanwhile, wholesale prices declined 1.5% in October from a year before.
Vietnam's imports and exports were both up in the first four months of the year, with the country posting a trade deficit of US$800 million. Exports climbed 16.9% from a year before while exports rose 18%, the General Statistics Office reported.
Vietnam's inflation rate is cooling, with the government projecting a 6.61% price increase in April from a year before. In the country's two major urban centers -- Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City -- the consumer price index is expected to be down slightly from March. Across the country, a forecast 0.02% price rise from March would be the lowest for April in nine years.