China Investment


Investment slows in 2012

In 2012, urban fixed-asset investment excluding rural households (FAI) rose 20.6%. The print was below both the 20.7% rise tallied in the eleven months up to November and the 24.0% expansion seen in 2011. That said, the reading was broadly in line with last month's FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast of 20.5%.

The slowdown in investment observed in 2012 mainly reflected slower growth in the industrial sector, as a weaker global economy trimmed demand for Chinese goods. The services category slowed somewhat, whereas the primary sector recorded a healthy improvement.

Compared to the previous month, investment in urban fixed assets increased a seasonally adjusted 1.53% in December, which was well above the 1.26% rise seen in November.

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China Investment December 2012

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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