China: Investment remains buoyant in 2011
May 11, 2011
In the first fourth months of 2011, nominal urban fixed-asset investment (excluding rural households) increased 25.4% over the same period last year, which was above the previous month's expansion of 25.0%. The increase surprised the market on the upside, as analysts anticipated a 24.9% increase. Investment in services (+26.5% year-on-year) was the main driver, while investment in industry was slightly less buoyant (+24.6% yoy). According to the seasonally adjusted month-on-month indicator released for the first time in April by the National Bureau of Statistics, investment in urban fixed assets rose 3.08% in April, which was above the previous month's 2.09% increase.