Chinese industrial profits, which rose on an annual basis in April and May, dropped in June, adding to pressures on a economy that is struggling to regain momentum. Profit at China’s industrial firms dropped 0.3 per cent in June from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday. That reversed a 0.6 per cent rise in May and 2.6 per cent gain in April, the first month since September 2014 in which industrial profits were higher than a year earlier. The bureau said falling prices pulled down firms’ profit margins in June even though recent interest rate cuts were lowering companies’ financial costs. In June, China’s producer price index fell 4.8 per cent on an annual basis, its 39th straight month of declines, official data showed. For the first six months of 2015, industrial profits were 0.7 per cent lower than a year earlier, the bureau said. Among 41 industrial sectors, 30 sectors had year-on-year growth in the first half of this year, while 11 recorded drops. Profits in the mining sector fell 58.8 per cent in the first six months from a year earlier, while earnings of crude oil and natural gas producers tumbled 68.4 per cent. On the upside, oil processing, coking coal and nuclear fuel processing industries combined saw profits jumping 78.7 per cent in January-June while the bureau said computers, telecommunications and electronics firms together had a 19 per cent increase. According to the bureau, interest payments by industrial firms in June were 6.2 per cent less than a year earlier, the biggest drop this year. China’s central bank has cut interest rates three times this year in a bid to support an economy headed for its poorest performance in a quarter of a century. For the first six months, China has reported a growth rate of 7 per cent, in line with Beijing’s full-year target.