China: Investment growth moderates at the outset of 2012
March 12, 2012
In the first two months of this year, urban fixed-asset investment excluding rural households (FAI) grew 21.5% over the same period the previous year, which was down from the 23.8% expansion recorded in 2011 but overshot market expectations of a 20.5% rise. Investment slowed in the January-February period due to softer growth in services as well as in industry. On the other hand, growth in the primary sector improved markedly. Compared to the previous month, investment in urban fixed assets increased in January a seasonally adjusted 1.08% and 1.61% in February, which followed a 1.17% rise in December.