Food prices climbed by 19.1 percent year on year, and non-food prices rose by 1.0 percent year on year.
Meanwhile, auto sales in China fell for a 17th consecutive month in November, with the number of new energy vehicles (NEVs) sold contracting for a fifth month in a row, data from the country's biggest auto industry association showed on Tuesday.
The producer price index (PPI), an important barometer of the industrial sector that measures the cost of goods at the factory gate, showed prices fell 1.4 percent on-year in November.
The rise was driven largely by a continued surge in pork prices and other meats after the African Swine Fever killed a large portion of China's pigs. The slightly better result may reflect recent hints of improved manufacturing activity but the Chinese economy remains susceptible to the country's trade dispute with the USA and weak internal demand. But the government has insisted it will not resort to "flood-like" stimulus.
China's consumer inflation climbed to almost eight-year peak in November, but factory-gate prices remained in the red, adding to uncertainty over whether the manufacturing sector is bottoming out as trade risks persist. The statistics bureau said pork prices more than doubled year-on-year in November.
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Analysts expect meat will remain in high demand as China prepares to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the peak consumption period for the meat.
The price of fruit dropped by 6.8 percent while that of vegetables increased by 3.9 percent. Last week, the government's finance ministry announced waivers for some purchases of USA pork and soybeans.
In the first 11 months, China's consumer inflation rose 2.8% from a year earlier, inching closer to the government's ceiling of about 3% for 2019.
Goldman Sachs said in a recent note that China's CPI target for 2020 is likely to be raised from the default 3 percent level.
Prices for ferrous metal smelting and rolling decreased 5.3 percent over one year ago, while non-ferrous metal smelting and rolling saw producer prices rise 0.5 percent year on year in November.