China's April coal output rebounds from 5-month low in March

Donna Kwok UBS Senior China Economist discussses China’s retail sales and industrial production data

China's industrial output grew 7.0 percent in April from a year earlier, much more than expected, but fixed-asset investment growth slowed to 7.0 percent in the first four months, below forecasts, official data showed on Tuesday.

That topped expectations for an increase of 6.4% and was up from 6.0% in March.

Property sales measured by floor area grew 1.3 percent in January-April from the same period a year earlier, down from 3.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Liu Aihua said she expects investment will maintain healthy growth but that there is less room for a boost from infrastructure investment.

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A breakdown of the data showed that the industrial structure continued to improve, with production in high-tech industries and the equipment manufacturing sector expanding by 11.8 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, last month.

China's second-largest producer, China Coal Energy Co., previously said it produced 6.4 million tonnes of coal in April, up more than 6 percent compared with the same period past year.

For the January-April period, output climbed to 1.1 billion tonnes, up 3.8 percent compared with the same period of previous year.

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