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China Factory Output and Retail Sales Exceed Forecasts, Bolstering Recovery Prospects

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China’s Industrial Output and Retail Sales Show Improvement in August

China’s Industrial Output and Retail Sales Show Improvement in August


China’s industrial output and retail sales grew at a faster-than-expected pace in August, indicating signs of stabilizing the economy. However, the property sector continues to be a major drag on economic revival.

Industrial Output

  • Industrial output rose 4.5% in August from a year earlier, the quickest pace since April.
  • This growth exceeded expectations for a 3.9% increase.
  • The recent support policies implemented by the government are starting to bear fruit.

Retail Sales

  • Retail sales increased at a faster 4.6% pace in August, aided by the summer travel season.
  • This was the quickest growth since May.
  • The upbeat data suggests a positive impact from recent support policies.

Challenges Ahead

Despite the positive indicators, analysts warn that the recovery is not yet secure. The deteriorating property investment continues to pressure economic growth. More fiscal and monetary policy steps are needed to ensure a durable economic recovery.

Property Sector

  • Property investment extended its fall, down 19.1% year-on-year in August.
  • The largest private developer, Country Garden, is facing liquidity squeeze.
  • Moody’s has cut China’s crisis-hit property sector’s outlook to negative.

Policy Support

To sustain the recovery momentum, China’s central bank has announced measures to boost liquidity, including cutting the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves and injecting more liquidity into the financial system. However, analysts believe more policy support is needed.


While China’s industrial output and retail sales show improvement, challenges remain, particularly in the property sector. Confidence and larger policy changes are necessary to boost growth momentum and ensure a durable economic recovery.

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