China: Growth in retail sales slows to four-month low in August
September 15, 2014
In August, nominal retail sales grew 11.9% over the same month last year. The reading was below the 12.2% increase recorded in the previous month and represented the weakest expansion that has been tallied since April of this year. The deceleration, which just undershot market expectations of a 12.1% expansion, reflected weaker growth in most of the categories that make up the indicator, with automobiles and food and beverages slowing to multi-month lows.
Compared to the previous month, retail sales expanded a seasonally-adjusted 0.92% in August (July: +0.87% month-on-month). As a result of the weaker print observed in August, annual average growth in retail sales inched down from July’s 12.7% to 12.6%, which represented the lowest reading since September 2004.