Profits at China's industrial firms shrank at a faster pace in January-August, as Covid restrictions and a deepening property slump weighed on domestic demand and heatwaves curbed factory activity.
Profits fell 2.1 percent in the first eight months of 2022 from a year earlier, after a 1.1 percent drop logged in January-July, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics released on Tuesday. The bureau did not report standalone figures for August.
China's economy showed surprising resilience in August, with faster-than-expected growth in factory output and retail sales, but a property crisis and Covid lockdowns weighed on the outlook.
In late August, cities from Shenzhen to Chengdu and Dalian rolled out Covid curbs aimed at stamping out fresh outbreaks.
China's industrial output rose 4.2 percent from a year earlier in August, quickening from a 3.8 percent rise in July.
Liabilities at industrial firms jumped 10 percent from a year earlier in August, slightly slower than the 10.5 percent growth in July.
China's southwestern Sichuan province and Chongqing city rationed power used for industrial production in August, as drought curtailed hydropower generation while residents ramped up electricity used to escape heatwaves.
Energy-intensive manufacturers, including Apple supplier Foxconn and top battery maker CATL, suspended output in Sichuan- and Chongqing-based plants.
China's cabinet in late August offered another slew of stimulus to revive the faltering economy, including raising the quota on policy financing tools by 300 billion yuan.
Industrial profits data covers large firms with annual revenues above 20 million yuan from their main operations. (Reuters)