BEIJING — Chinese shoppers stepped up their spending in August, in an indication of additional financial restoration from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.
Retail sales rose 0.5% in August from a yr in the past, the first optimistic report for the yr to this point, China’s National Bureau of Statistics stated Tuesday. Notably, sales of communication gear rose 25.1% from a yr in the past and that of autos rose 11.8%.
Retail sales for the first eight months of the yr have been down 8.6% from a yr in the past, the bureau stated. Online retail sales of bodily items grew by 15.8% throughout that time, the information confirmed.
The unemployment fee as measured by the official survey of cities was 5.6%, 0.1 share factors decrease than July, the bureau stated.
Industrial manufacturing grew 5.6% in August from a yr in the past.
Fixed-asset funding declined 0.3% for the first eight months of the yr. It was not instantly clear what the year-on-year determine for August was.
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