China Investment


China: Investment accelerates in January-February

March 9, 2013

In the first two months of the year, urban fixed-asset investment excluding rural households (FAI) rose 21.2% over the same period last year. The print overshot both the 20.6% increase seen in the full year 2012 and market expectations that had investment rising 20.7%. In addition, the reading marks the strongest expansion seen in one year.

Investment in the January-February period mainly reflected how accelerations in the primary and services categories more than offset lower growth in the industrial sector.

Compared to the previous month, investment in urban fixed assets increased in February a seasonally adjusted 0.65%, which was well below the 1.63% rise seen in January.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect fixed-asset investment to rise 21.1% in 2013, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month's Consensus. In 2014, the panel sees fixed-asset investment growing 20.1%.


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China Investment February 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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