Over the last decade, China has undergone one of the most remarkable transformations in modern history. Built on the strength of high demand for the country’s exports and significant investment in heavy industry, China experienced several years of double-digit growth between 2003 and 2010, which have propelled the nation’s economy to the second largest in the world.
However, China now finds itself at one of the most important periods in its recent history. After peaking in 2007 at 14.2%, China’s GDP growth has steadily decelerated. In recent quarters, the slowdown has pickedup pace, as China undertakes the structural reforms necessary to transition its economy from its export-led roots to a more sustainable model driven by domestic demand. Unprecedented market reforms — designed to reign in excess lending, reduce bureaucratic processes and open the market to increased investment — are currently underway.
PE firms have been investing in China’s transformation for years, plowing billions of dollars into a wide array of consumer-driven industries such as health care, food and beverage, retail, telecom and other industries poised to accelerate as more of China’s population of 1.3 billion enters the middle class.
Source : Ernst & Young