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MNI BRIEF:China July Production, Spending Slower Than Expected

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China's production, consumption and investment slowed more than expected in July despite efforts to boost domestic demand, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday showed.

Industrial production rose 3.7% y/y in July, underperforming the 4.3% forecast and decelerating from June's 4.4%. Retail sales increased 2.5% y/y in July to hit the lowest level this year, missing expectations for 3.8% and slowing from June's 3.1%.

Fixed-asset investment in Jan-July period registered a 3.4% y/y increase, the lowest since December 2020, slower than both the 3.8% growth in H1 and lower than the 3.8% consensus. Property investment fell further by 8.5% y/y in the first seven months following the prior 7.9% decrease. Infrastructure investment and manufacturing investment grew by 6.8% and 5.7%, respectively, compared to the previous 7.2% and 6.0%.


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