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Chinese output, credit pick up pace


China’s slowdown stabilized last month in the wake of monetary stimulus and a loosening of fiscal restrictions on indebted local governments.

Growth in industrial output and credit accelerated, helping offset a further drop in the pace for fixed-asset investments, which includes property construction, coal plants and infrastructure projects.

Bloomberg’s monthly GDP tracker advanced the most since January, narrowing the gap with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s (李克強) expansion target of about 7 percent for the year.

Along with strong jobs gains in the US and improving readings from Japan, stabilization in China bolsters a global outlook that is clouded by uncertainty in Europe. The steadier economic report card gives Li more time to assess the impact of monetary easing and a debt-swap deal to help local governments.

“The economy was bottoming in May,” Hong Kong-based UBS Group AG chief China economist Wang Tao (王濤) said. “We won’t see a strong rebound, but we will see a slight improvement in the third quarter, as all kinds of stabilizing measures intensify.”

Industrial output rose 6.1 last month from a year earlier, the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday, accelerating from 5.9 percent in April and beating the median estimate of 6 percent in a Bloomberg survey.

Retail sales added 10.1 percent last month, while fixed-asset investment excluding rural households climbed 11.4 percent in the first five months.

Aggregate financing, including bank loans and off-balance credit, was 1.22 trillion yuan (US$197 billion), the People’s Bank of China said. That compares with the median estimate of 1.13 trillion yuan in a Bloomberg survey.

New yuan loans were 900.8 billion yuan.

Bloomberg’s monthly GDP tracker, a weighted average of monthly economic indicators, climbed to 6.55 percent year-on- year last month from 6.4 percent in April.

“While the urgency of policy easing is reduced, we continue to believe more is required,” Bloomberg economist Tom Orlik wrote.

“We put a high probability on a further rate cut in the third quarter. More targeted measures to support local government infrastructure and social housing projects seem assured,” Orlik said.

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