China - Economic Data & News 16 (May 17 - Dec 18)

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Postby winston » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:38 am

China’s small businesses forced to cut back on staff just to survive as economic mood sours amid trade war

President Xi Jinping warned in January about a need to pay particular attention to the risks to social stability during the current economic slowdown

China’s mood had changed very quickly from a rapid expansion of consumer spending last year to a cautious ‘consumption downgrade’

Small businesses are increasingly struggling with shrinking foreign orders due to US tariffs, tight cash flows, a depreciating yuan that raises the cost of imported materials and soaring domestic costs for energy, taxes, rent and labour, causing the entire venture capital community to become very cautious about investing.


Source: SCMP

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Re: China - Economic Data & News 16 (May 17 - Dec 18)

Postby behappyalways » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:06 pm

How bad is China's economic slump? It's impossible to tell
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Re: China - Economic Data & News 16 (May 17 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:28 am

Chongqing battles rising unemployment as China’s traditional industrial base follows nationwide slump

The economy in the landlocked city grew just 6 per cent in 2018, its slowest pace since 1989, falling behind its own 8.5 per cent target

Local government struggling to find jobs for residents and returning migrant workers, who were laid off as the US-China trade war forced factories to downsize

Chongqing needs to create at least 800,000 new urban jobs this year to keep its unemployment rate “within a targeted range”, with a minimum of 600,000.

The official unemployment rate in China’s urban areas was 3.8 per cent at the end of last year, while in a separate survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the figure was 4.9 per cent.

However, in figures released by the China Institute for Employment Research at Renmin University, the supply of jobs in major cities in western China, including Chongqing, fell by 77 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2017.

The same research showed the supply of jobs in the east coast region dropped by 36 per cent.

Production in its core car industry fell 17.3 per cent and growth in the electronics sector slowed by 14 per cent last year, the breadth of decline overshadowing the double-digit growth seen by its hi-tech industries.


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https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-econ ... raditional
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Re: China - Economic Data & News 16 (May 17 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:33 am

Surprise spurt in growth

by Avery Chen

China's exports unexpectedly returned to growth in January after a shock decline the previous month, while imports fell much less than had been expected.

But analysts said the strength was likely due to seasonal factors and predicted that renewed trade weakness was ahead.

January exports rose 9.1 percent from a year earlier, customs data showed, defying expectations for a 3.2-percent drop. It was also a marked turnaround from December's 4.4 percent decline.

Imports fell 1.5 percent after forecasts for a 10-percent slide and followed a 7.6 percent drop in December.

China's trade surplus with the United States meanwhile narrowed to US$27.3 billion (HK$212.3 billion) in January from US$29.8 billion in December.

Exports to the United States fell 2.4 percent in January from a year earlier while imports from the United States plunged 41.2 percent.

Source: The Standard

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Re: China - Economic Data & News 16 (May 17 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:22 am

It’s time for China to be honest about the poor shape of its economy

The comforting numbers, rose-tinted projections and all-round positive spin that Beijing has been feeding the public have to stop.

The Chinese economy is in trouble and policymakers must take radical action to stop the rot

by David Brown

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