The urban and rural income growths of 31 Chinese provinces exceeded that of the consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, and 29 of these exceeded 10 percent in the first half of this year, China Economic Net reported Wednesday.

Statistics showed that from January to June, the income growth of rural residents outpaced that of urban residents. Rural residents in 17 provinces witnessed a 20 percent growth in their income, according to the newspaper.

Hainan topped the ranking with an urban income growth of 19.4 percent and a rural income growth of 31.7 percent in the first six months this year. Provinces in central and western China saw faster income growth than those in eastern China, the newspaper said. 

China Daily
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