China's industrial Profits Fall 7.8% in Jan-Oct

November 27, 2023, 08.54 AM | Source: Reuters
China's industrial Profits Fall 7.8% in Jan-Oct

ILUSTRASI. QINGZHOU, CHINA - JANUARY 31, 2023 - A worker carries out assembly work at a workshop of an auto manufacturer in Qingzhou, East China's Shandong province, Jan 31, 2023. Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that in 2022, the industrial economy was stable on the whole, industrial production and sales continued to grow, and the operating revenue of industrial enterprises above designated size increased by 5.9 percent over the previous year. (Photo by CFOTO/Sipa USA)No Use Germany.

CHINA - BEIJING. Profits at China's industrial firms fell 7.8% in the first 10 months of 2023 from a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, as a shaky post-pandemic economic recovery struggles to gain momentum.

The slide followed a 9% profit decline in the first nine months, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data showed.

China's economic recovery has been uneven this year, with a brisk start in the first quarter fading quickly in the second before gaining momentum in the third.

Last month's mixed picture only added to the uncertainty as prolonged distress in China's property sector, local government debt risks, soft domestic and global demand, and geopolitical tensions have unnerved investors and bruised corporate profits.

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Facing a double whammy of macro headwinds and supply glut, LONGi Green Energy Technology Co, a major domestic solar energy manufacturer, saw its third quarter net profit plummet 44.1% to 2.5 billion yuan ($346.7 million).

With a burst of policy support measures since June having had a modest effect on reviving growth, policymakers are under rising pressure to roll out more stimulus, especially as China faces mounting debt risks and structural challenges.

"Transforming the economic growth mode is more important than pursuing a high growth rate," China's central bank governor said in a speech this month, suggesting an urgent need for longer-term structural reforms as investment-led growth loses steam.

State-owned firms posted a 9.9% decline in earnings in the first 10 months, foreign firms recorded a 10.2% slide and private-sector companies saw profits down 1.9%, according to a breakdown of the NBS data.

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Industrial profits data covers firms with annual revenues of at least 20 million yuan ($2.74 million) from their main operations.

Editor: Yudho Winarto

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