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China December industrial profits up by 17.3pc on year

January 27, 2013

Employees work on products that will be exported to Southeast Asia at a garment factory in Huaibei, Anhui province in this December 17, 2012 file photo. — Reuters picEmployees work on products that will be exported to Southeast Asia at a garment factory in Huaibei, Anhui province in this December 17, 2012 file photo. — Reuters picBEIJING, Jan 27 — Profits earned by China’s industrial companies rose 17.3 per cent in December from a year earlier to 895.2 billion yuan (RM438 billion), official data showed today, as a fourth-quarter recovery helped offset poorer corporate results in the third.

The data from the National Bureau of Statistics is the latest sign of a gathering rebound in activity in the world’s second-largest economy. The December rise moderated from November’s 22.8 per cent increase but still marked the third-fastest growth last year.

Industrial profits totalled 5.56 trillion yuan in 2012, up 5.3 per cent from a year earlier, China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on its website, strengthening from a 3.0 per cent increase in profits in the first eleven months of 2012 versus 2011.

China’s economy grew at 7.9 per cent in the fourth quarter, snapping a streak of seven consecutive quarters of slowdown.

Among 41 sectors surveyed by the bureau, 29 reported rising profits last year, led by a 69 per cent jump for power generation firms, a nearly 21 per cent rise for food processing firms and an 8 per cent rise for electric equipment makers.

But some sectors are still struggling. Profits at steel firms tumbled 37 per cent, while earnings for chemical companies fell 6 per cent.

According to a Reuters poll, analysts predict China’s annual economic growth would rebound a shade to 8.1 per cent this year.

The HSBC flash purchasing managers’ index (PMI), the earliest indicator of China’s industrial activity, saw growth in China’s giant factory sector accelerated to a two-year high in January. — Reuters 

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