BEIJING, Sep 16 (Reuters) – China’s industrial output rose 4.2% year-on-year in August, better than July’s 3.8% rise, official data showed on Friday suggesting the economic recovery could pulse.
That figure beat expectations for a 3.8% rise, according to a Reuters poll of analysts.
Retail sales rose 5.4%, beating analysts’ expectations of 3.5% growth and 2.7% growth in July.
Fixed investment rose 5.8% in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period a year earlier, against a 5.5% rise expected by analysts and a 5.7% rise in January-July.
The data showed some improvement in the nascent recovery in the world’s second-largest economy, which was hampered by a deep downturn in the property market, prolonged COVID restrictions and lower demand at home and abroad.
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Reporting by Kevin Yao and Ellen Zhang; Editing by Sam Holmes
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