China Economy Staggers at 6.9%

For the first time since the Great Recession, China’s economy rose less that 7%. In the first three quarters, the number was 6.9%.

The figure beat most forecasts but was depressing nevertheless. As the second largest economy in the world, China’s industrial production is a reasonable proxy for global consumption. The lack of activity in its business and by its middle class are a proxy for global consumer activity.

Organizations that include the International Monetary Fund and World Bank have cut their global GDP number for 2015 and 2016. China’s figures confirm the reasons and results for the slowdown.

The National Bureau for Statistics in China reported:

In the first three quarters of 2015, as the recovery of the world economy was weaker than expected, China was facing increasing downward pressure of domestic economic development. Under the tough situation, the Central Party Committee and the State Council took full consideration of domestic and global situations, adopted scientific measures to stabilize economic growth, promote reforms, enhance restructuring, benefit people and control risks, implemented effective range-based, targeted and discretionary macro regulation, further deepened the reform and opening up, encouraged mass entrepreneurship and innovation and increased supply of public goods and services. As a result, the overall performance of national economy was stable and moving in a positive direction.

According to the preliminary estimation, the gross domestic product (GDP) of China in the first three quarters of this year was 48,777.4 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 6.9 percent at comparable prices. Specifically, the year-on-year growth was 7.0 percent for the first quarter, 7.0 percent for the second quarter and 6.9 percent for the third quarter. The value added of the primary industry was 3,919.5 billion yuan, up by 3.8 percent year-on-year; that of the secondary industry was 19,779.9 billion yuan, up by 6.0 percent; and that of the tertiary industry was 25,077.9 billion yuan, up by 8.4 percent. The gross domestic product of the third quarter of 2015 went up by 1.8 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis.

If the figure is worse in for the whole year, 2016 will be a rough economy worldwide.

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