China Investment February 2016


China: Growth in investment picks up in the January-February period

March 12, 2016

In the first two months of the year, urban fixed-asset investment (FAI), excluding rural households, expanded 10.2%. The reading came in above the 10.0% increase registered in the full year 2015. Also, the print overshot the 9.3% rise the markets had expected.

The slightly stronger pace of growth observed at the outset of the year reflected an acceleration in investment in the primary and services sectors, while investment in the industry sector decelerated further. The closely-watched real estate development indicator accelerated in the first two months of the year, with the reading jumping to a six-month high.

A month-on-month comparison shows that investment in urban fixed assets rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.83% in February, which was up from the 0.79% increase tallied in January.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect fixed-asset investment to grow 9.6% in 2016, which is unchanged from last month’s Consensus. In 2017, the panel sees fixed-asset investment growth broadly stable at 8.9%.

Author: Ricard Torné, Lead Economist

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China Investment February 2016

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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