China’s April retail sales miss analyst expectations

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An exhibitor presents a machine on exhibit at an agricultural expo in Hohhot, North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on March 16. The three-day event, which ends on March 18, has attracted more than 450 companies from across the country to showcase their latest technologies and patented products, in a fresh push for rural and pastoral revitalization. Photo by Ding Genhou/People’s Daily Online
An exhibitor presents a machine on exhibit at an agricultural expo in Hohhot, North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on March 16. The three-day event, which ends on March 18, has attracted more than 450 companies from across the country to showcase their latest technologies and patented products, in a fresh push for rural and pastoral revitalization. Photo by Ding Genhou/People’s Daily Online

China’s year-on-year retail sales rose 17.7 per cent in April, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday, missing analyst expectations of 25-per-cent growth for the month.

The sales figure is seen as another sign the world’s second-largest economy is not rebounding quite as robustly as anticipated from the coronavirus pandemic.

However, industrial production growth and investment in fixed assets was more or less in line with expectations.

Industrial production in April was 9.8 per cent up on the same month last year, the data showed. Analysts had expected to see a 10-per-cent uptick.

Capital expenditure on tangible assets increased by just under 20 per cent from January to the end of April, in line with analysts’ expectations.

A rigorous lockdown, including the shuttering of factories and businesses, as well as strict entry controls, resulted in China recording few coronavirus cases – apart from minor outbreaks – for the past year.

The economy has been on the road to recovery, but some areas have yet to hit pre-pandemic levels.

The International Monetary Fund estimates the economy could grow by 8.1 per cent this year. The Chinese government is more cautious and set its official growth target at a value of “above 6 per cent.”

China was the only major economy to achieve positive growth in 2020, clocking in at 2.3 per cent.

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