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1.8% inflation in October

Overall consumer prices rose 1.8% in October year-on-year, smaller than the 4.4% increase in September, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   Netting out the effects of the Government's one-off relief measures, the underlying inflation rate was 1.7%, slightly less than September's 1.8%.   Compared with October last year, price increases were recorded for electricity, gas and water; clothing and footwear; meals out and takeaway food; basic food; alcoholic drinks and tobacco; transport; miscellaneous services, miscellaneous goods and housing.   On the other hand, a year-on-year decrease in price was recorded for durable goods.    The Government said that underlying consumer price inflation remained moderate in October.   The year-on-year increase in food prices showed some moderation, though remained relatively fast. Prices of clothing and footwear continued to record a visible increase, while those of energy-related items rose sharply. Price pressur

Delta air quality better

The air quality in the Pearl River Delta has continuously improved in recent years, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Pearl River Delta Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network reported.   The network released a report on its 2020 monitoring results today.   According to the report, the average annual concentration levels of pollutants decreased in the delta region compared with 2006. This includes an 86% drop in sulphur dioxide, a 49% reduction in respirable suspended particulates and a 43% decrease in nitrogen dioxide.   Compared with 2015, the average annual concentration levels of carbon monoxide and fine suspended particulates also fell 16% and 31%.   On the other hand, the average annual concentration level of ozone rose 27% when compared with 2006, indicating the need to further alleviate regional photochemical pollution.   Hong Kong and Guangdong have long been committed to reducing air pollutant emissions from key sources to improve regional air quality. The two governments are conducting a study on post-2020 regional emission reduction targets and concentration levels to formulate targets or levels in 2025 and 2030.   Additionally, the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau will launch a three-year study on the characterisation of photochemical ozone pollution in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and its regional and super-regional transportation.   The study results will help people better understand the origins of ozone precursors, their formation mechanism and regional and super-regional transportation characteristics in the bay area.   The monitoring network, launched in 2005 and comprising 23 air monitoring stations in the three jurisdictions, monitors six major air pollutants.
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