China's gold output rose 6 percent from the previous month to reach 31.89 metric tons in August, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on its Web site Monday.

The total output for the first eight months of this year rose 3.87 percent from a year earlier to 226.39 tonnes, the ministry said.

China is the world's biggest gold producer, with output at 340.880 tons in 2010, up 8.6 percent from 2009.