In the third quarter of 2013, China’s GDP growth rate was 7.8 percent, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the second quarter. In response to the second quarter slide in GDP growth, the Chinese government introduced a series of economic measures in July to boost growth and stabilize market expectations, including an increase in investment spending and stronger support for exports. Other key takeaways from China’s third quarter macroeconomic situation include:
- The manufacturing sector accounted for 34.5 percent of YTD total fixed asset investment; year-on-year manufacturing investment growth was 22.5 percent in August, the highest rate of growth in 2013.
- Year-on-year import and export growth increased to 6 percent, reflecting genuine trade growth within China’s economy and a global recovery amongst its trading partners.
- As a headwind to growth, consumer prices were marginally higher. In the third quarter of 2013, CPI rose by 3.1 percent, the highest percentage rise since March 2013, and the second highest rate of growth since May 2012.
Source : KPMG