China June industrial output up 6.3% y/y, beats forecasts, retail sales up 9.8%


BEIJING, July 15 (Reuters) – China’s industrial output grew 6.3% in June from a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, picking up from May’s 17-year low and handily beating market expectations.

Analysts polled by Reuters had tipped a 5.2% rise, compared with 5.0% growth seen in May.

Fixed-badet investments for the first half of the year rose 5.8% from a year earlier, according to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics, compared with a 5.5% rise forecast by badysts.

Private sector investment in fixed badets, which make up 60% of the country’s total investments, rose 5.7% in January-June, compared with a 5.3% rise in January-May.

Retail sales for June rose 9.8% in annual terms. Analysts had expected growth to cool to 8.3% from May’s 8.6%.

China’s trading partners and investors are closely watching the health of the world’s second-largest economy as the year-long Sino-U.S. trade war takes a heavier toll on businesses and investment, fuelling worries of a global recession. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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