China Investment


Investment picks up in August

In the first eight months of the year, urban fixed-asset investment excluding rural households (FAI) rose 20.3% over the same period last year. The figure came in slightly above the 20.1% increase tallied in the previous month and was virtually equal to the 20.2% expansion the market had expected. The result mostly reflects that an acceleration in industrial output offset weaker growth in the primary and services categories.

A month-on-month comparison shows that investment in urban fixed assets rose a seasonally-adjusted 1.61% over the previous month in August, which was above the 1.57% increase tallied in July.

The government set a growth target of 18.0% for fixed-asset investment in 2013. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect fixed-asset investment to rise 21.1% in 2013, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month's Consensus. In 2014, the panel sees fixed-asset investment growing 19.8%.

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China Investment August 2013

Note: Month-on-month changes of seasonally adjusted urban fixed-asset investment index and annual growth rate (year-to-date) in %. Owing to seasonal factors related to the Lunar New Year, annual figures in January and February are reported together.
Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS).

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