Chinese Economy

China's consumer sentiment shows tentative improvement

Consumer sentiment in China showed a slight improvement although other areas showed a sluggish tone. Photo: Bloomberg

Mainland consumer sentiment stabilised this month, although still hovering at record-low levels, as more pessimistic views on business conditions were offset by slight improvements in confidence about jobs and the property markets.

Thursday, 27 November, 2014, 3:00am

Slower economic growth no reason to panic

The unexpected rate cut of 40 basis points by the People's Bank of China is viewed as reflecting rising concerns about the slowing of the mainland economy.

The unexpected rate cut of 40 basis points by the People's Bank of China not only boosted global stock markets but prompted economists to predict it would be the beginning of an interest-rate cycle and not just a one-off cut.

26 Nov 2014 - 10:40am 1 comment

China takes step forward in interest rate reform

Analysts said simply relying on rate cuts without deepening structural reforms would hardly address the root causes of slowing credit growth. Photo: Reuters

Beijing's interest rate cut effectively announced the failure of Premier Li Keqiang's targeted easing strategy and signals the government's commitment to further interest rate liberalisation.

25 Nov 2014 - 11:16am

Beijing's easing policy tested as factory output slows

Factory output index slumped to 49.5 last month, the lowest in seven months, as funding costs hurt smaller manufacturers. Photo: Reuters

Mainland economic growth in the next few months may test Beijing's commitment to its targeted easing policy, which has so far proved ineffective in spurring real demand, with a private survey pointing to fresh softness in the factory sector.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:36am

Beijing vows to help companies cut funding costs as economy cools

Financing costs faced by factories soared 16.5 per cent on a yearly basis in the first half of the year, according to government data. Photo: AFP

The central government has promised to help companies lower their funding costs by giving banks more flexibility to lend and allowing loss-making companies to list in stock markets, among other measures.

20 Nov 2014 - 9:18am

Foreign passports play role in slowing growth in the ranks of China's rich

Rich mainlanders keep emigrating and acquiring new nationalities.

The mainland is home to wealth creation miracles, yet the number of ultra-wealthy individuals there is growing at a much slower pace than the global average because rich mainlanders keep emigrating and acquiring new nationalities.

20 Nov 2014 - 3:59pm

China outward investment loses momentum

China has seen a gradual decline in its manufacturing competitiveness as labour costs are on the rise compared with other emerging nations such as Vietnam and Brazil, dimming its appeal to foreign investors. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese companies invested less overseas last month than in October last year, reversing sharp year-on-year rises seen earlier this year, due to a high comparison base with the same month last year.

19 Nov 2014 - 10:02am 1 comment

Worries over PBOC's ambitious bid to liberalise deposit rates

Wary of a slowdown, the central government has sought to boost investment levels to stimulate economic growth. Photo: Bloomberg

The mainland's reform-minded central bankers may have been hasty earlier this year when they set a two-year timeline for liberalising deposit rates.

14 Nov 2014 - 10:38am

Beijing urged to cut economic growth targets

China spruces up for Apec meeting as economic activity in world's second largest economy cooled in October. Photo: AP

Economists at two top mainland think tanks are calling on the government to cut its growth target for next year to about 7 per cent as a raft of economic data points to further weakening.

14 Nov 2014 - 9:59am

China's regional economies diverge as slowdown continues

China's regional economies diverge as slowdown continues

From China bears such as Lawrence Summers to bulls including Lloyd Blankfein, there's agreement the world's second-largest economy is slowing. But while that's true nationally, some regions are doing increasingly better than others.

11 Nov 2014 - 7:36am

Low inflation boosts stimulus hopes in China

The mainland's annual consumer inflation stayed near a five-year low in October, further evidence of an economic slowdown. Photo: Reuters

The mainland's annual consumer inflation remained near a five-year low in October at 1.6 per cent, further evidence that the economy is cooling and reinforcing expectations that authorities will roll out more measures to support growth.

11 Nov 2014 - 5:33am

China's growth in exports and imports slows, adding to signs of fragility

Growth in trade slows, adding to signs of fragility

Annual growth in China's exports and imports slowed in October, reinforcing signs of fragility in the world's second-largest economy that could prompt policymakers to roll out more stimulus measures.

9 Nov 2014 - 5:26am 15 comments

People's Bank of China warns of rising economic risks as it pledges to fine-tune policies

The People's Bank of China used a new instrument called a medium-term lending facility for liquidity injection in the past two months to lower borrowing costs.

The People's Bank of China has warned that downside risks in the mainland economy may intensify, while adding that it would use flexible tools to maintain proper liquidity and credit growth.

7 Nov 2014 - 3:35pm 10 comments

Guangxi offers cash to encourage investments

Guangxi's growth in the first nine months was 8.3 per cent.

Guangxi province is offering a cash payment to companies that invest money raised abroad locally as it seeks to meet its annual growth target without taking on new debt itself, officials familiar with the matter said.

6 Nov 2014 - 6:08am

Signs of slowdown in China point to more easing

There are signs that the mainland economy is losing further momentum heading into the fourth quarter as a cooling property market weighs on activity. Photo: Bloomberg

Growth in the mainland's services sector weakened further last month as new business cooled, reinforcing signs of a gradual slowdown in the economy that could prod the government to unveil fresh stimulus measures.

6 Nov 2014 - 5:49am