Huizhou boosts investment to offset falling output

Huizhou’s economy is continuing to slow amid a tough external environment, but rising investment levels are cushioning the economy, according to official data.

Industrial output continued to fall from January to August , with growth among enterprises above designated size rising only 0.7% YoY, down 1.5 percentage points from the Jan-Jul period. Electronics and petrochemicals, the two big guns, were down -1.6% and -4.5%, respectively, which was slower than the Jan-Jul period by 1.1 and 2.5 percentage points, respectively.

However, fixed-asset investment growth accelerated. From January to August , it shot up 15.1% , 2.7 percentage points faster than the Jan-Jul period, and 12.1 percentage points faster YoY. Industrial investment grew 15.8%; infrastructure investment jumped 24.5%; and real estate investment jumped 20.4%.

Total retail sales rose 7.6% , but this was down 1 percentage point from the first half of the year. Vehicle sales were a major drag, falling -3.2% , down 4.3 percentage points from the first half of the year. Home appliances were up 7.9% , but this was a steep drop of 13 percentage points from the first half.

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