China’s industrial profits continue to fall

China’s industrial profits fell 2.1% from January to August, widening from a 1.1% decline in the first seven months of the year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

The larger year-over-year decline comes after China reported improved factory production, which rose 4.2% year-on-year in August, compared with July’s 3.8% growth.

The Census Bureau stopped releasing monthly year-on-year industrial earnings numbers last month when the metrics were likely to turn negative. It’s unclear how big the earnings drop was in July, but earlier industrials posted 1.0% year-on-year earnings growth in the January-June period.

The bureau said profits and revenues of foreign industrial companies improved over the past month, with profit reversing from a year-on-year decline in July and posting a 6% rise in August.

Profits from China’s small industrial firms also improved in August, easing their year-on-year decline.

In the first eight months of the year, China’s miners reported earnings growth of 88.1%, up from 105% in the first seven months. Manufacturers’ profits fell 13.4% year-on-year in January-August after falling 12.6% from January to July, official data showed.


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