I august var der et dyk i den kinesiske økonomiske aktivitet. Detailhandelen voksede med 2,5 pct. mod 8,5 pct. i juli, og det var langt lavere end en række økonomer havde ventet, nemlig 6,3 pct. Industriproduktionen steg med 5,3 pct. mod 6,4 pct. i juli. Investeringerne steg med 8,9 pct. mod 10,3 pct. Arbejdsløsheden i byerne var stabil på 5,1 pct.
China’s Economic Activity Cooled Further in August
China’s economic activity cooled further in August, as the coronavirus outbreaks and stringent control measures hurt consumer demand and factory production.
Retail sales, a key gauge of China’s consumption, grew 2.5% from a year earlier in August, down sharply from July’s 8.5% growth, according to data released Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics. The result was also much lower than the 6.3% growth expected by economists polled by The Wall Street Journal.
Industrial output in August rose 5.3% from a year earlier, decelerating from a 6.4% increase in July and below the 5.6% pace anticipated by the surveyed economists.
China’s fixed-asset investment increased 8.9% in the January-August period, compared with the 10.3% pace recorded in the first seven months of the year. Economists expected FAI to grow 8.8%.
China’s urban surveyed unemployment rate stayed unchanged at 5.1% in August, said the statistics bureau.